Greensboro police looking for applicants for police academy

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department is working to attract more applicants to apply before the Jan. 31, 2015 deadline.

Usually during this time of the application period, the department has 700-800 applicants. There are currently less than 200 applicants.

Lt. Dan Knott works with Greensboro recruiting officers as they strategize and attend job fairs and military colleges.

Knott said there have been low periods of applicants before.

"[One reason is] the economy has improved and we have competition in the job place right now, another is policing in the media," Knott said. "We won't dilute our standards because of a lack of applications. We will hire the best that we can."

The Greensboro police recruiting budget is $55,625. Most of it goes towards advertising. There are currently billboards on GTA buses in the city.

The goal for the next police academy class that begins in April 1 is 40 recruits. There are 26 recruits in the current class.

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