As many people know by now, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is seeking qualified applicants to join its detention staff, which runs and patrols the county’s two jails – one in downtown Greensboro and one in downtown High Point.

Like many businesses in the community and across the country, Guilford County’s jails are experiencing a dramatic shortage of workers.  To help remedy that situation, the Sheriff’s Department – which runs the jails –  is conducting two information sessions on how to become a certified detention officer and is also offering a generous signing bonus.

The information sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at 6 p.m. and on Thursday, June 16, also at 6 p.m.

Both sessions will be held at the Sheriff’s Department Administrative Office at 400 W. Washington St. in Greensboro.

Promotional information for the event states, “Regardless of whether you have or have not applied but would like to gain additional employment information about the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, please join us during one of these informative sessions where we will discuss Pay, Incentives, Certification, Schedules, etc.”

The information also brings up something that does seem to be helping the problem lately: Guilford County is offering a $4,000 signing bonus for detention officers.

The job is no doubt a difficult one – but many find it rewarding as well. It is also a much more attractive job than it was 10 years ago before the county opened a giant new jail in downtown Greensboro and alleviated a massive inmate overpopulation problem.

Anyone who wants to sign up for one of the information sessions may call the department’s Personnel and Training Division at 336-641-3387.