New sheriffs graduate, funding announced for more classes
Part of $6.64-million budget lift to Ministry of Attorney General’s Court Services Branch
VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia has allocated funding to create three new sheriff recruit training classes in 2018, further supporting a justice system that is properly staffed, resolves disputes in a timely manner and serves the needs of all court users in B.C.
Today marked the graduation of the first class of 18 recruits, who will join more than 490 sheriffs serving throughout the province.
“Sheriffs are an integral part of ensuring our courts operate in a safe and timely manner, and I congratulate all of today’s graduates,” said David Eby, Attorney General, who attended the graduation ceremony at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). “Our government will continue to take action to increase access to justice in our province, and these added sheriff recruit classes form part of that.”
Attorney General David Eby addresses latest graduates of JIBC Sheriff Academy.
The Ministry of Attorney General’s Court Services Branch received a $6.64-million budget lift, of which $5 million was allocated to increase the number of sheriffs and staffing of the Court Services Branch, to help reduce court delays.
Sheriff recruits must complete a 14-week training program, held at JIBC’s Sheriff Academy at its New Westminster campus, to graduate. Classes are developed in collaboration with the Court Services Branch and JIBC. Recruits are ready to serve in the province’s courtrooms immediately upon graduation.
“As we approach JIBC’s 40th anniversary, our longstanding partnership with B.C. Sheriff Services is a proud part of our history,” said Michel Tarko, president and CEO of JIBC. “This additional funding, for a third cohort of sheriff recruit officers, is a prime example of JIBC responding to labour-market needs by providing the training to support our provincial mandate and vision of safer communities and a more just society.”
From left: JIBC Board Chair Rob Kroeker, Attorney General David Eby and JIBC President and CEO Michel Tarko.
Sheriffs serve throughout British Columbia. They provide courthouse security and jury management, as well as the safe and efficient escort of those in custody to and from court, correctional centres and police lockup facilities.
The next classes of recruits are set to graduate on Sept. 21, 2018, and Jan. 15, 2019.
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Last updated August 10, 2018