JIBC sheriff training program heads north
Nunavut sheriffs to benefit from JIBC’s experience and expertise
The Sheriff Academy at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has been selected to provide a training program for court sheriffs in the Territory of Nunavut. JIBC provides training for all BC sheriff recruits and this is the first time the program has been offered outside of the province.
According to Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond, “This is a strong endorsement of the Sheriff Academy and the level of training and expertise it provides. I have attended sheriff recruit graduation ceremonies and have seen first-hand the exceptional job the academy does in ensuring sheriffs are ready to serve our communities. It is a tremendous honour to now share that training with other jurisdictions like Nunavut.”
In June 2012, the Nunavut legislative assembly passed an amendment to its Judicature Act to allow sheriffs more options when providing courtroom security. As a result, the sheriffs need additional training on use-of-force options, court roles and responsibilities, and control access points. Legal studies will also be part of the training package. Two JIBC instructors will provide a nine-day training session in November to Nunavut’s eight sheriffs and the B.C. Sheriff Service will also assist in developing policy for the Nunavut sheriff service.
“JIBC is very pleased and honoured to have been chosen to providing comprehensive training to sheriffs in Nunavut,” says JIBC President & CEO Dr. Michel Tarko. “The JIBC sheriff academy has a long and proud tradition of delivering first-rate training to sheriff recruits who go on to work in B.C.’s courthouses, and we look forward to contributing our experience and expertise in Northern Canada.”
Last updated October 3, 2014