PORT OF SPAIN — More than 31,000 people have applied for 5,000 positions of special reserve police.
As a result, National Security Minister Jack Warner yesterday said he was going to approach cabinet again this Thursday with a note to hire 5,000 more people as SRPs.
This will bring the number of SRPs to be hired to 10,000 as cabinet had last week approved Warner’s request for an initial 5,000.
Warner will also be asking cabinet to approve the purchase of 100 motor cycles for the Police Service.
Cabinet last week approved $289.6 million for the continued fight against crime which included the recruitment of SRPs as well as the purchase of 300 vehicles for the Police Service and upgrade and installation of modern Information Technology equipment to improve the response systems of the police.
Warner said yesterday that there were preliminary reports of some 31,000 people applying for SRP jobs.
These figures excluded the thousands who turned up at the recruitment drive at North Eastern College, Sangre Grande yesterday and the drive carded to take place at the Scarborough Secondary school this Friday.
Thousands turned out at the recruitment drives last Tuesday at the Chaguanas North Secondary School, last Thursday at the UTT campus, Tarouba Link Road, San Fernando and last Saturday at the Police Academy, St James.
At the Police Academy, people began lining up as early as 3 a.m. and by 8 a.m. according to police estimates, there were close to 10,000 people in a line stretching as far back as King George V Park.
People who arrived at 8 a.m. stayed in the lines for over 12 hours braving the blistering heat and scattered showers.
The entire process was eventually completed by around 11 p.m.
There was a noticeably high turnout of female applicants .
Applicants were required to take a test comprising dictation and answer some 20 written questions.
“I never expected that kind of response, I will ask cabinet to consider seriously doubling the numbers. This shows that there are thousands of people in this country who not only want a job but are also concerned about the law and safety of the country and I am extremely heartened by this, I will make a request that the numbers be increased from 5,000 to 10,000,” Warner said. (Express)