The latest class of B.C. sheriff recruits has graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in New Westminster.
“Sheriff recruits faced significant obstacles as a result of the current pandemic, and I commend the graduates for their perseverance,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “Sheriffs play a vital role in our justice system. On behalf of all British Columbians, I am grateful they have chosen this profession and wish them every success as they embark on their career.”
This is the third class to graduate since the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a limited class enrolment to meet public safety guidelines, 11 recruits completed an intensive 14-week training program and graduated in a virtual ceremony held on June 11, 2021. Recruits, instructors, JIBC facility staff and BC Sheriff Service members worked together to ensure a safe and secure training environment.
“Congratulations to the new sheriff graduates. These new, enthusiastic recruits bring valuable skills and knowledge to enrich the BC Sheriff Service and the justice sector,” said Jenny Manton, director of sheriffs and assistant deputy minister, Court Services Branch.
Sheriffs are responsible for carrying out orders of the court and providing protection and enforcement duties. This ensures the safety of all court users, including the judiciary, lawyers, other justice-related agencies, court staff and members of the public.
“The BC Sheriff Service sets the bar high in its service to the justice sector,” said Paul Corrado, chief sheriff and executive director, BC Sheriff Service. “We are proud to welcome 11 new sheriffs who graduate today. They are now ready to serve British Columbians in the communities of Williams Lake, Fort St. John, Quesnel, Prince Rupert, Dawson Creek, Smithers, Nanaimo and the Lower Mainland.”
The BC Sheriff Service is recognized as an international leader in providing protective and enforcement services for the justice system. The recruit training program is recognized by the JIBC as a post-secondary certificate program. The next class of sheriffs is expected to graduate in October 2021.
- The BC Sheriff Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in the province, serving B.C. since 1857.
To find out more about the role and sheriff career opportunities: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/careers-myhr/job-seekers/featured-careers/deputy-sheriff