NEW WESTMINSTER – The latest class of B.C. sheriff recruits has graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in New Westminster.
The newest recruits will be posted in Prince George, Williams Lake, Fort St. John, Terrace, Nelson and on the Lower Mainland.
“Sheriffs play a critical role in our justice system, ensuring the safety of everyone who steps foot in a courthouse. Congratulations to the new recruits, and thank you for your hard work over the last several months,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “I commend you for your perseverance and wish you well on your work providing an essential service to British Columbians.”
On Oct. 29, 2021, 21 sheriffs from two classes celebrated completing their training, including one group whose ceremony was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means five classes have now graduated since the start of the pandemic.
With limited class enrolment to meet public safety guidelines, recruits completed an intensive 14-week training program. Recruits, instructors, JIBC facility staff and BC Sheriff Service members all worked together to ensure a safe training environment.
Sheriffs serve throughout British Columbia and are responsible for carrying out orders of the court. They also provide protection and enforcement duties to ensure the safety of all court users, including the judiciary, the legal profession, other justice-related agencies, court staff and members of the public.
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 JIBC as a post-secondary certificate program. The next class of sheriffs is expected to graduate in March 2022.