Guilford County Sheriff’s Office holds job fair

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- More than a dozen potential applicants filled the Army National Guard Armory Tuesday for the first ever Guilford County Sheriff's Office job fair.

The sheriff's office normally recruits at college and high school job fairs but wanted to hold something of its own to stand out in a competitive market, according to Deputy Tommy Hurley.

"It's very competitive in law enforcement," Hurley said. "A number of agencies out there are vying for the same candidates."

Hurley says the sheriff's office has 30 openings for detention services officers and six openings for sheriff's deputies.

He says while the number of applicants has remained steady over the years, recruiting for law enforcement has gotten tougher.

"Law enforcement is maybe not looked upon as it once was and we're trying to show the public that we still have a job to do," Hurley said.

"Not everyone in this day and age grows up and desires to be a law enforcement officer," he said. "It is a tough business."

But even so, Hurley says their number of applicants hasn't dropped.

"We typically receive good qualified applicants," he said.