PORT OF SPAIN — Thousands of men and women turned up yesterday at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Tarouba Link Road, San Fernando seeking selection to become part of the Special Reserve Police Service.
Among the applicants standing in the long lines were pregnant women who were allowed to go ahead of other women who had been waiting for several hours.
Newsday learnt that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is in search of 600 SRP officers. However, a preliminary count gave an estimated 5,000 persons at the venue by midday, a senior officer said.
Yesterday’s screening began at 8 a.m. but from as early as 5 a.m., hundreds of anxious applicants had already gathered at the UTT compound formerly, the San Fernando Technical Institute, and stood in line for their interviews.
Vehicles occupied every possible parking space in the vicinity of UTT and along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway causing traffic to slow down. On Tuesday, screening was held for the first time at the Chaguanas North Secondary School, Chaguanas.
Applicants were not required to have academic qualifications but must be 18 years and over and properly attired for yesterday’s screening. Many of them said they were in need of employment. Although the “cut off time” for allowing persons to the venue to be interviewed was 9:30 a.m., at 10:45 a.m. persons were still arriving hoping to be screened. (Newsday)