PSNI 'encouraged' as almost 5,500 apply to join force
Almost 5,500 people have applied to join the PSNI.
The closing date for applications was last month.
Almost one-third of applicants were Catholics, a slight increase on last year's recruitment drive, despite the dissident republican threat. More than one-third were women.
Assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton said: "We received a total of 5,498 applications to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
"I am greatly encouraged that in a period of just four weeks we have had so many people show that they are prepared to step up to the challenge of a career in policing within the PSNI.
"Each of the applicants has now started their journey through a rigorous and challenging process, which has been developed to ensure that the very best candidates will go forward to be offered a place on the training programme."
Those who succeed will undertake 22 weeks of intensive training at the Police Training College including practical and operational skills.
They will commence training next summer.