Around 2,800 constable posts are vacant in the city police department and there are no takers for them despite regular recruitment drives. City police now wants to visit all the colleges as part of the recruitment drive to inspire youth to sit for the constable exam. Due to lack of interest among the city youth to take up constable post and Hyderabad not being a free zone, it has become a difficult task for the city police to fill vacancies. Interestingly, all the posts in districts are filled up easily. After Dilsuknagar bomb blasts, the city police has realised that it needs more cops for law and order and foot patrolling activity.
In the latest phase of recruitment too, city police set up recruitment boards at commissionrate buildings, but only 7,000 candidates have applied for these posts so far. Fearing that after filtering in the physical fitness and written tests the posts will not be filled up again, the city police has sought extension of two weeks’ time for submission of applications to enable more candidates to apply. AP state level Police Recruitment Board has decided to extend the time by issuing a supplementary notification. Police Recruitment Board additional director-general M. Malakondaiah said, “Last time there were negative marks in written test and due to this, most of the candidates couldn’t get the minimum percentage. Now, a GO is issued removing negative marks and we are hoping many will qualify.” He noted, “Hyderabad has always been a problem. Even when negative marks are not there, the posts are not filled up. In 2008 recruitment only half of the posts are filled up. In 2012 not even 10 per cent were filled up.”