sheriffsVancouver: Government is adding 23 new deputy sheriffs, who start work next week in communities across the province.

The sheriffs received their badges at the Justice Institute of British Columbia today after four months of intensive training, including use-of-force techniques and firearms use. The recruits learned the skills necessary for courthouse and courtroom security, jury management, and the escort of those in custody to and from court, correctional centres and police lock-up facilities.

Once deployed, they will provide safety and security for the courthouses and those who use them, including judges, court workers, legal professionals and the public.

The sheriff recruits will be deployed to courthouses throughout the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Fort St. John, Prince George, Port Alberni, Oliver and Kamloops. They join a team of more than 450 sheriffs serving throughout the province.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton said: “As Attorney General, and on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, I commend the accomplishments of today’s graduates and the dedicated service they will provide to the citizens of B.C. The security of our courthouses and the safety of those who use them are of paramount importance to our government, and sheriffs play a vital role in our justice system and ensuring it operates safely and effectively.”