Some 285,000 people appeal to Turkish Police Special Operations

Some 285,000 people appeal to Turkish Police Special Operations

Some 285,000 people appeal to Turkish Police Special Operations

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The Turkish Police Department announced on Nov. 16 that 285,000 people have applied to be recruited as a member of the police special operation team, Doğan News Agency has reported.

A written statement was released after seeing a record number of applications, stating that the Turkish people showed their power to the world after the July 15 coup attempt.

“On the night of July 15 which was the date of the traitorous coup attempt by FETÖ [Fethullahist Terrorist Organization]/PDY [Parallel State Structure], the Turkish people, who were struggling for democracy at the cost of their lives, spilled out onto the streets without hesitation with our security forces who were under the command of the legal authority which was elected by the national will, showing their power to the world.

Citizens who want to be with the special operation police who were locked in a struggle against terrorism and who protect against any danger for our country, displayed themselves with their record applications to be one of the 10,000 personnel with 285,000 applications starting on Nov. 2. We thank the great interest of the self-sacrificing children of this almighty nation who raised our morale, motivation and courage,” it said.

The department had announced that they would hire 10,000 new personnel on Nov. 2.

Earlier, thousands of people had applied to be recruited by the Special Forces Command, which will recruit personnel from outside the military for the first time ever amid ongoing suspensions and dismissals carried out in the army since the failed coup attempt of July 15. 

According to initial data, a total of 7,929 people applied to the command in just four days.

Some 2,757 of the applications were for active officer posts in the command while another 5,172 were for active non-commissioned officer posts.

The Defense Ministry was reportedly planning to recruit a total of 200 new officers and 500 new sergeants to the Special Forces Command.