More than 1,400 people are competing for 80 jobs as PCs with Sussex Police.
The force opened a five-day online recruiting window - its first in four year - which ended on June 7, and the application form was downloaded 14,200 times.
Some 1,440 people went on to apply.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said the applicants would undergo a further six stages - including written and role play exercises, interviews, and a 20-week pre-joining course, which they complete in their own time.
The new recruits will add to the 2,116 Police Constables already working in Sussex alongside 763 officers of other ranks.
Deputy Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Waight said: “I am delighted with the response to the recruitment drive for PCs.
“The high number of interested applicants shows that a career in the police is still very much sought after.
“It also means that Sussex Police will have a strong pool of applicants to choose from to go forward to the next stage of the recruitment process.
“I look forward to meeting the final selected applicants when they take up their posts out and about within the communities of Sussex.”