APPLICATIONS for 20 new jobs as part of Cleveland Police’s first recruitment drive in five years have now closed.
The force was inundated with applications after announcing the recruitment drive last week.
Entry closed after the first 500 candidates applied. The best applicants will now be shortlisted and put forward for assessment.
Detective Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “The last time we recruited was in the financial year 2008/9 and with all the financial challenges we have faced recently it is a significant step for the growth and development of the force.
“Our selection process is designed to identify the best applicants who demonstrate that they have the capacity to take on this robust and challenging role.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said the force aims to have a total of 1,333 officers by next March and said the new recruits will bring a “fresh approach” which can help to carry Cleveland Police forward.
As part of the application process, police chiefs hosted a web chat on Twitter last week to answer any questions budding recruits had.
Mr Coppinger said: “This is an opportunity we haven’t had in this force for some time and I am delighted we are now in a position to take on new officers.
“High on the agenda whenever I attend community meetings is the issue of police officer numbers and thankfully we are now in a position to create new opportunities for the people of Teesside.”