Hundreds of residents in Mbarara yesterday turned up for a police recruitment exercise at Mbarara University of Science and Technology Playground.
About 300 candidates, according to police showed up for the recruitment that was commanded by CP Amoru Martin.
However, only 59 were chosen, 30% of whom were female.
The rest were turned away for a number of disqualifying reasons.
Rwizi Regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira says many of those that were rejected had a criminal record, and could not be allowed to join the force.
Kasasira appealed to the local leaders to avoid recommending people with criminal record to join the police.
“Police work with crime-free people; we couldn’t recruit people with criminal record” he said.
Other candidates meanwhile, were let down by their wanting academic papers, (O’ level was the requirement) as well as ill health and age.
The recruitment exercise which is ongoing around the country concluded on 3rd August for districts making up Rwizi region.
About 255 police constables are needed in Rwizi region which is made up of Mbarara, Kiruhura Isingiro, Ntungamo and Ibanda.