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Over 1,000 Applicants Disqualified from Police Recruitment in Acholi

According to the Police in Aswa River Region, a total of 2,228 people applied for the police recruitment exercise that started on July 29, from Nwoya District and ended on August 1 in Agago district. However, only 404 applicants were selected to participate in Oral and Medical tests, the last stage in the recruitment exercise.
some of the applicants who turned up for the recruitment of probation police constables in Kitgum Municipality last week. Photo By Julius Ocungi
A total of 1,824 people have missed out the opportunity to be recruited into the Uganda Police Force as Probation Police Constables [PPCs] in Acholi Sub-region.  

According to the Police in Aswa River Region, a total of 2,228 people applied for the police recruitment exercise that started on July 29, from Nwoya District and ended on August 1 in Agago district. However, only 404 applicants were selected to participate in Oral and Medical tests, the last stage in the recruitment exercise.  

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN in an interview on Tuesday that majority of the applicants were disqualified on grounds of advanced age, failing written examinations, lack of requisite academic requirements, lack of National Identity Cards and forgery.  

According to the police recruitment guide, an applicant for the position of probation police constable should be aged between 18 and 25, physically fit and possess at least five credits in English and Mathematics from a single sitting at Ordinary Level.  

Okema says applicants who made it to the last stage of the recruitment exercise will be selected from the Police headquarters in Kampala before the final results are released in two weeks.  

“The team who carried out the recruitment have submitted the names of the applicants who underwent Oral and medical test. Those selected will undergo another round of scrutiny where the best who passed the oral and medical test will be selected for training,” Okema said.  

Okema noted that only 195 people will be selected from Acholi Sub-region as Police Constables. Uganda Police Force intends to recruit 4,500 Constables ahead of the 2021 general elections.