A total of 12 new sheriffs from the program will be joining the service, stationed in courthouses across the province after completing intense 16 week training at the institute.
Skills developed at the program include driver training, firearms, force options, legal studies, report writing and physical fitness, followed by an additional 5 weeks of field-based training in Lower Mainland court locations.
“Sheriffs keep our courthouses safe and ensure all court proceedings are more efficient in the interest of justice,” MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm said. “It is my pleasure to welcome our new sheriff, Joshua to serve our growing community and wish him the very best in his new role.”
B.C. Sheriffs are trained to uphold the security of our courthouses and the safety of people who use court facilities.
Duties include providing security inside and outside courtrooms, performing jail duties, escorting accused, convicted and other persons by ground and air, organizing jury selection and providing jury management, assisting with Coroner’s court, and serving court-related documents.
There are approximately 500 full-time equivalent sheriffs working in 45 courthouses and 44 circuit courts in B.C. communities.