Centre has sanctioned filling up of 2,000 vacancies of Special Police Officers (SPOs) in Jammu and Kashmir from the youths living in the areas of 0-10 km from IB/ LoC/LAC/AGPL in 10 border districts namely Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kargil & Leh. These 2,000 vacancies will be equally divided within these 10 border districts i.e., 200 posts for each district.
Sanctioned strength of SPOs in J&K is 35,474. Out of this 25,474 posts were approved earlier and 10,000 additional SPOs sanctioned in 2016. Presently, there are over 3,000 vacancies of SPOs. During his recent J&K visit, the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh had announced that out of these 3000 vacancies, 2000 SPOs would be appointed from amongst the youth residing between 0-10 Kms from the border area.