The latest class of B.C. sheriff recruits has graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in New Westminster.
"Sheriff recruits faced significant obstacles as a result of the current pandemic, and I commend the graduates for their perseverance," said David Eby, Attorney General, in a news release. "Sheriffs play a vital role in our justice system. On behalf of all British Columbians, I am grateful they have chosen this profession and wish them every success as they embark on their career."
This is the third class to graduate since the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a limited class enrolment, in order to meet public safety guidelines, 11 recruits completed an intensive 14-week training program and graduated in a virtual ceremony held on June 11, 2021. Recruits, instructors, JIBC facility staff and BC Sheriff Service members worked together to ensure a safe and secure training environment.
"Congratulations to the new sheriff graduates. These new, enthusiastic recruits bring valuable skills and knowledge to enrich the BC Sheriff Service and the justice sector," said Jenny Manton, director of sheriffs and assistant deputy minister, Court Services Branch.
Sheriffs are responsible for carrying out orders of the court and providing protection and enforcement duties. This ensures the safety of all court users, including the judiciary, lawyers, other justice-related agencies, court staff and members of the public.