FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The newest class of B.C. sheriffs have graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia with recruits to be stationed in Fort St. John, Prince George, Terrace, Nelson, Williams Lake and the Lower Mainland.

According to a release, on October 29th, 21 sheriffs from two classes finished their training. One group had to delay its ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“The determination of the sheriff recruits to complete their rigorous training regime despite the COVID-19 restrictions was impressive,” said Jenny Manton, assistant deputy minister and director of sheriffs. “I congratulate them on a job well done and celebrate this momentous day as they join the proud tradition of the BC Sheriff Service.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, five classes have graduated.

“Sheriffs play a critical role in our justice system, ensuring the safety of everyone who steps foot in a courthouse. Congratulations to the new recruits, and thank you for your hard work over the last several months,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “I commend you for your perseverance and wish you well on your work providing an essential service to British Columbians.”

Sheriffs are responsible for carrying out orders of the court. They also provide protection and enforcement duties to ensure the safety of all users of the court, including the judiciary, legal profession, other agencies related to justice, court staff and the public. Established in 1857, the Sheriff Service is the longest-standing law enforcement agency in B.C. The Sheriff Service is one of the founders of the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

The BC Sheriff service is an international leader in protective and enforcement services for the judicial system.