Guilford County Detention Center working to replace lost officers

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford County Detention Center is working to replace dozens of officers who were either fired or quit after the jail opened seven months ago.

41 of the 89 officers were either fired or quit, according to Sheriff BJ Barnes.

25 new officers have been hired to replace those who left, Barnes said.  The detention center is working to fill the remaining 23 officer positions.

Barnes says some were hired too fast with very little training, and some realized that they were not mentally prepared for the job.

“You’ve got situations where they may have feces thrown upon them, urine, spit. These are folks that starting trouble is nothing new to them, and nothing they’re afraid to do,” Barnes said.

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