MORE than 500 people showed up on the final day of the Fiji Police Force recruitment held at the Police Academy in Nasova last week.
Deputy Director Planning Assistant Superintendent of Police Aporosa Lutunauga said many who came for the recruitment had diplomas with a handful that had degrees.
"We are quite happy with the number that showed up.
"What surprised us was that there were some who had diplomas in nursing, engineering and some in commerce," ASP Lutunauga said.
"This shows that there are people out there who want to be part of the police force.
"Before the turnout, we already had 555 people show up to the recruitment drive in other parts of the country."
ASP Lutunauga said the recruitment was not to get additional numbers on the force but to fill in the places that were vacant as a result of deaths, resignations and terminations.
"I know we have had more than 1000 people showing up, of this only 155 get selected for the basic recruitment course," he said.
Avishek Prasad, 22, who graduated from the Fiji National University with a Diploma in Electronic Engineering was among the hopefuls at Navosa.
"Getting employment is tough, I have been at home for almost six months without a decent job," he said.
"When I heard of the recruitment drive, I said, why not, being a police officer is paid employment, even though it's not what I studied to do."
However, for Apenisa Kaci, 18, it was his childhood passion to don the police uniform.
"I just wanted to be a policeman. Even when I was small, I had this idea that I will one day be a policeman, I think my dream is about to come true," he said.