A recruiter with the U.S. Border Patrol didn't know he was seeking help in a city that's looking to hire 100 Columbus police officers.
"We didn't know we were in competition with them," border patrol recruiter Randy Williams said of the Columbus Police Department's efforts.
By noon Saturday, about 35 applicants had sought employment information at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, Williams said. The officer from Tucson, Ariz., didn't know the city of Columbus is recruiting 100 officers that would be funded with sales tax money.
The search for the same type of applicants didn't seem to affect recruiting in Columbus. "We normally do well in towns with a strong military presence," Williams said.
To become a border patrol agent, an applicant must be 18 to 40 years old, complete a written examination and language aptitude test, physical fitness test and a 55-day training program. Recruits earn between $36,000 and $46,000 in the first year with a potential to earn up to $70,000 within three years of service.
A chance to get a job in law enforcement was enough for Andrew Torro, 21, to make the five hour trip from Daytona Beach, Fla. He felt good about the possibility after taking a test.
"I think I did pretty well," Torro said.
Torro is a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he's majoring in homeland security. "It's one of my options," Torro said of the border patrol job.
Applicants who go through training will be assigned to the southern borders of states in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, Williams said.
Anyone interested in working for the border patrol can still apply by going to www.borderpatrol.gov or call 877-277-9527.