Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone on behalf of Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, announced today that government is adding 23 new deputy sheriffs, who start work next week in communities throughout the province, including one in Kamloops.
The sheriffs received their badges today at the Justice Institute of British Columbia after four months of intensive training, including use-of-force techniques and firearms use. The recruits learned the skills necessary for courthouse and courtroom security, jury management, and the escort of those in custody to and from court, correctional centres and police lock-up facilities.
Once deployed, the deputy sheriffs will provide safety and security for the courthouses and those who use them, including judges, court workers, legal professionals and the public.
The sheriff recruits will be deployed to courthouses throughout the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Fort St. John, Prince George, Port Alberni, Oliver and Kamloops. They join a team of more than 450 sheriffs serving throughout the province.
Todd Stone, MLA Kamloops-South Thompson
“Our sheriffs dedicate themselves to the protection of our citizens and work hard to ensure the safe, smooth operation of our courts. On behalf of our community, I would like to thank our new deputy sheriff for her commitment to public service, and to welcome her to Kamloops.”
- BC Sheriff Services is part of Court Services Branch and has about 500 staff with a budget of over $40 million.
- Sheriffs have responsibility to:
- Co-ordinate safe and timely in-custody accused appearances.
- Liaise with court users, the judiciary, members of the bar, prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies.
- Enforce court orders and service of civil and family documents and warrants.
- Other sheriff services include:
- Escort of prisoners by ground and air to and from court appearances, police lock-ups and correctional facilities.
- Safety and security in courthouses and in courthouse holding cell areas.
- Summons of jurors and assistance with the Supreme Court jury process, and
- Assistance with coroners court.
- Sheriff Services operates an Intelligence and Threat Assessment Unit that liaises with local, provincial and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and security of court facilities and court users.
Ministry of Justice, B.C. Sheriff Services: http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/courts/sheriffs/
Justice Institute of B.C. Sheriff Academy: http://www.jibc.ca/programs-courses/schools-departments/school-criminal-justice-security/sheriff-academy
For photos of Anton meeting with deputy sheriff graduates, visit: https://flic.kr/p/Md19Qs