Journalism / New Haven Register

Guilford police invite applicants for 3 officer jobs

By Rachael Scarborough King, Register Staff
June 13, 2008

GUILFORD — The Police Department is holding an open house Saturday to start the process of hiring three new officers.

The department has two open positions due to retirements and is adding another officer in January, Deputy Chief Jeffrey Hutchinson said. The open house is designed to make people aware of the openings and allow potential applicants to see if Guilford would be a good fit, he added.

“A lot of times people miss the process because they don’t realize that we’re doing it,” Hutchinson said. “The more exposure we have, we think, the better chance we have of getting a qualified candidate.”

This is the first time the department has held an open house specifically for recruitment, he said. Interested applicants will be able to tour the department, obtain information about pay and benefits and talk to Guilford officers.

With the months-long process involved in hiring a new officer, Hutchinson said he thinks the candidates would probably go to the police academy in December.

“We’re looking for qualified people and it’s just an opportunity for them to see if that’s the type of policing they want to do or if policing is for them,” he said.

The open house will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Guilford Police Department at 400 Church St.

Applications for the open positions will also be available until July 30 at police headquarters or at the South Central Criminal Justice Administration building,675 State St., New Haven.

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