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May 31, 2023 at 1:45 pm  BC, News, Politics, Provincial

Ten new sheriff recruits will soon begin their careers in Prince George, Kelowna and the Lower Mainland.

“Everyone deserves fair and equitable access to justice,” said Niki Sharma, Attorney General. “That’s why the work sheriffs do is so important. They help to make sure courts are running safely and smoothly, so that people can access the court services they need when they need them.”

A new class of graduates from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) recently completed an 11-week academic, physical and practical training program.

“These new sheriffs will play an important role in ensuring the safety of the communities they serve,” said Jenny Manton, assistant deputy minister and director of sheriffs. “They will help to make sure courts continue to be a safe and accessible place for everyone.”

Sheriffs ensure the safety and security at the 89 court locations across B.C. for members of the public, court staff, the judiciary, the legal profession and other justice-related agencies. Sheriffs also transport accused and convicted people to and from correctional institutions, carry out court orders, administer juries and plan for high-security trials.

“People in B.C. rely on the critical role that sheriffs do in keeping our courts safe and accessible,” said Paul Corrado, chief sheriff and executive director, BC Sheriff Service (BCSS). “We are proud to welcome these 10 new deputy sheriffs who will soon be making a difference in our communities.”

BCSS is the oldest law enforcement agency in the province and is a recognized international leader in providing protective and enforcement services for the justice system.

“The sheriff recruit training program at JIBC gives students the critical skills they need to provide safety for our courts,” said Michel Tarko, president and CEO, JIBC. “Congratulations to the graduating sheriffs and all the best as they embark on law enforcement careers in communities across the province.”

The next class of sheriffs begins training on July 17, 2023, and is expected to graduate on Oct. 4, 2023.

Learn More:

To watch a video about working as a B.C. sheriff, visit: https://youtu.be/rdhf8trOoSM

To explore current career opportunities with the B.C. Sheriff Service, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/careers-myhr/job-seekers/featured-careers/deputy-sheriff

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