HUNDREDS of job-seeking youths yesterday thronged Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka to undergo physical fitness tests for the police recruitment exercise.
About 10,000 job-seekers from all over the country applied to join the Zambia Police Service although the recruitment exercise targets 1,500 people.
The hundreds of young men and women clad in sports attire converged at the stadium ready to take up the challenge in the first phase of the recruitment exercise.
Later the applicants will be subjected to aptitude tests.
Police spokesperson Charity Chanda said in an interview yesterday that 10,000 people across the country had shown interest in joining the service, but only shortlisted candidates were invited for physical fitness tests.
Ms Chanda said the names of shortlisted candidates were displayed at respective provincial centres and physical exercises were done on Wednesday in respective centres due to the high number of applicants.
“We had over 10,000 applicants after which we looked at the grades and those with good results are the ones who were invited for the physical fitness test,” she said.
Ms Chanda said aptitude tests will be done today throughout the country, after which successful candidates will be informed.
She said the Police Service has been given the authority to recruit 1,500 officers this year.
According to the selection list released by the Lusaka Province police command, 320 youths were expected to undergo physical fitness tests yesterday.