MORE than 2000 people lined up outside the Suva Corrections Centre as the Fiji Corrections Service held its first round of recruitments for prison officers yesterday.
Corrections spokeswoman Ana Tamani said they were looking to recruit 315 officers because of the shortage of manpower in the service.
"We are grateful to Cabinet for the approval of funds for the 315 officers but this number will be phased out over the next three years. So it will be 105 for every year," she said.
"We saw such a massive turnout today and we are expecting more tomorrow," she added.
Recruits went to Albert Park afterwards to get their fitness levels tested as the test is part of the elimination rounds.
Mrs Tamani said with the increase in escapes, more than 50 new recruits would be deployed to the remand centre that would open in February and other officers would be posted to Taveuni and other stations outside including the Suva Corrections Centre.
There will be another drive today and then the search for recruits will go to the Western and Northern divisions.
Hopeful recruits have to be from 15 to 33 years of age.