B.C. courthouses will have new sheriffs walking through their doors as the latest graduates complete the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) sheriff academy program in New Westminster.
For the 24 recruits, completing an intensive 14-week training program means they are ready to serve in courthouses in the province.
“Sheriffs ensure the safety of our judges, lawyers, court staff and everyone who steps foot into a courthouse,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “These graduates are well-deserving of their badges. I wish them well as they embark on their journey providing distinguished service to British Columbians.”
In addition to providing security within B.C.’s courts, sheriffs are also responsible for carrying out orders of the court.
“Congratulations to these graduates,” said Lynda Cavanaugh, director of sheriffs and assistant deputy minister, Court Services Branch. “We look forward to having them join our teams of dedicated professionals across the province.”
JIBC is known across Canada for its justice and public safety training. The B.C. Sheriff Service is one of its founding members. Graduates of JIBC receive a post-secondary certificate for completing the sheriff academy program.
“JIBC is proud to support B.C. Sheriff Services by educating and training sheriff recruits for this key role in British Columbia’s court system,” said Michel Tarko, president and CEO, JIBC. “Congratulations to our graduating deputy sheriffs for successfully completing the challenging sheriff recruit training program. All the best to you as you begin your new law enforcement careers.”
The next class of future sheriffs will finish recruit training in February 2020. Additional classes will graduate next year in June and October.