The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday announced that 338,227 applicants have been shortlisted electronically from 911,438 that applied for the advertised 10,000 police jobs.
Exactly 573,211 applicants were weeded out on parameters set up in the recruitment portal for requirements in the exercise.
The Chairman of the Police Commission Mike Okiro who made this known at a press conference in Abuja said the online recruitment portal was made available to the public for six week from the 1st of April to midnight on May 13th 2016.
He said those shortlisted will go to the next stage of recruitment which involves physical screening exercise at their states of origin.
Okiro announced that the state screening exercise will begin on Monday, the 6th of June, throughout the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said of the 338, 227 shortlisted, 44,661 are for cadet Assistant Superintendent (ASP), 87, 736 for cadet Inspectors and 205, 830 for Constables.
He said Benue state has 29, 000 applicants invited for the next stage while the second highest Kogi state has 19,000 while Lagos has one of the lowest number of applicants at about 2000.
He said invitation letters have been sent to the successful applicants for the states screening through text messages and to their electronic mail addresses.
Okiro said the invitation states the date for each person’s screening and venue of the screening, adding that applicants will be grouped according to local governments and dates fixed for their screening.
He explained that the initial short list was done electronically and those who did not meet the initial requirement were weeded out by the computer.
This include: mismatch of certificates, wrong choice of cadre, year of birth earlier than 1988 for ASP/Inspectors, 1991 for constables and 1984 for specialists and multiple applications among others.
He said only those who passed the electronic requirement have been invited for the next stage of physical screening which involves: height measurement, chest measurement, checking impediment in speech, defective eye sight, bow leg and knocked knee.
Others checks are: flat feet, bent arms, deformed hands, gross malformation of teeth, bent knee and amputation of any part of the body.
He said other checks at the state screening also involves inspection for alteration on certificates, alteration on Birth certificate/ declaration of age, and any inconsistencies between educational certificate and date of birth, among others.
Okiro said after the screening, successful candidates will be invited to a zonal screening to be done at the 12 police zonal commands headquarters for medical tests.
He said the national interview in Abuja will climax the recruitment exercise where those who emerged from the zonal screening will be interviewed and the successful ones selected for training.
Okiro explained that the Ministry of Interior and the Federal Character Commission are being carried along in the exercise, noting that 12 cadets ASPs will recruited from every state, while 10 constables will be recruited from all the local government areas in the country.
He also explained that in spite of the number of qualified person that may emerge at the end of the exercise, only the very best 10,000 will be given the jobs.
It was gathered that about N161 million was released to the Commission to carry out the recruitment and selection phase of the exercise.
It was also learnt that N8 billion was earmarked for the entire exercise which also include the provisions for training facilities, equipments, uniforms and allowances of the cadets while under training