Police candidates take part in a training exercise. Photo: Markus Dahlberg / SCANPIX

Record number of applicants yields too few police recruits

Despite a record number of applicants, Sweden's national police force was unable to find enough qualified candidates to undergo police training.

Last spring, more than 8,300 men and women applied to the police force, its highest number of applicants yet. And after weeding through the candidates, some 1,500 were called for testing.

But, in the end, the police were unable to fill all 337 slots and are now recruiting an additional 350 people to fill the remaining spots before classes begin in January.

Stefan Sterner at the National Police force told Swedish Television that many of the applicants called in for testing simply did not show up. Other candidates were disqualified for various reasons, such as poor physical health.

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