BJ Barnes

BJ BarnesSheriff Barnes has thirty-four years of law enforcement experience, the last twelve as Sheriff of Guilford County. He began his work in law enforcement with the same office. He worked in patrol and helped develop and implement the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Division. He also served as Bank Officer and Senior Investigator for what is now Bank of America, and as Law Enforcement Liaison for the State of North Carolina on the North Carolina Drug Cabinet.

Sheriff Barnes says, “It is a job that has been my life-long dream.î I can best describe myself as being a “hands-on” Sheriff. I can and do everything I ask my people to do. I answer calls, work late shifts, and assist on crime scenes. I qualify with all weapons and do all this in addition to my administrative duties. I feel there is no more honorable profession in the world than law enforcement.”

Under Sheriff Barnes, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has won many awards including The Best Large Office in the State for two years. Sheriff Barnes was recently nominated for Sheriff of the Year, a award given by the National Sheriff’s Association. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Barnes have also been positively featured on CNN, The Today Show, Larry King, Paul Harvey, the Rush Limbaugh Show and in USA Weekend.


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