The Ministry of Local Government has said the final vetting stages of 488 candidates is ongoing and by next year, if they are accepted, the 488 will become new members of the Municipal Police force. The Ministry, in a press release, said the candidates had successfully completed examinations and would now undergo medical and psychological evaluations before being admitted to a four-month training programme by the Office of Law Enforcement Policy (OLEP). According to the release, 4,389 people applied for the position of Municipal Constable. Out of this, 541 applicants were selected to move on to the next phase.
The examination, administered by OLEP in conjunction with the Public Service Commission and the Ministry, reduced this figure to 488 candidates. “The aim of this action is to improve citizen safety and security and restore a sense of community leadership to the Service by eliminating the concern of short-staffing.” Last year, Cabinet approved 1,107 additional police posts for the 14 Municipal Corporations. Candidates are expected to complete their final interviews next month.