Deputy Sheriff Career Opportunities

What is a Deputy Sheriff?

Office of Professional Standards logoBC Sheriff Services (BCSS) is a division of the Court Services Branch in the Ministry of Justice. BCSS offers exciting careers in a law enforcement environment in 44 court locations throughout the province.

Deputy Sheriffs are provincial peace officers who work closely with different partners in the Justice System to ensure all levels of courts in the province are operating smoothly and safely. They coordinate appearances, enforce court orders, execute arrest warrants, are involved in jury selection and sequestering, as well as provide for various document services. Deputy Sheriffs also: provide intelligence and risk assessment services; train, plan, prepare and execute high security appearances and transports;  as well as provide protective services for the judiciary, crown, defence, public, court staff, and all participants in the system so they may work in a safe environment while participating in or delivering justice related services for the province.

Deputy Sheriffs work under the provincially-mandated British Columbia Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS) when planning and delivering security for high security and high-profile trials.

Responsibilities include:

  • Intelligence gathering
  • Providing for the safety of the courts and its users
  • Ground and air prisoner escorts
  • Jail and jury management
  • Document and Canada wide warrant services
  • Assisting the coroner’s court                                                  

Defined as a Peace Officer within the Criminal Code of Canada, you will be required to be physically fit and pass firearms and force options training on a yearly basis.


Competent with computers, you have Grade 12 education or equivalent, as well as good problem solving, decision making, and teamwork and conflict resolution skills. You have an unrestricted class 4 driver’s licence and First Aid Certificate with CPR-C.  You are an excellent written and verbal communicator and have the ability to remain calm in tense situations. You are also dedicated, motivated, and committed to making a difference.  For more information about this role, please read the Deputy Sheriff Job Description (PDF, 84KB).

Qualified applicants will need to complete the SOPAT, a physical fitness test that must be completed in less than 4 minutes and 15 seconds.  You will also be required to provide additional documentation -

All candidates will be required to complete the Sheriff Recruit Training program.

Application Process Update

Effective June 19th, 2017, interested applicants may apply by completing an online application through the BC Public Service Job Opportunities site.

Qualified candidates are required to complete  a pre-entry assessment and must agree to a detailed personal background check and comprehensive medical examination prior to receiving confirmation of employment. Results of the pre-entry assessment and background check are verified through a Computer Voice Stress Analysis test.

All successful applicants are hired by the CSB Office of Professional Standards (OPS) and will be required to attend the mandatory Sheriff Recruit Training program facilitated by the Sheriff Academy at JIBC at no cost to the recruit.  

What we offer

  • A benefits package and defined pension plan that support employees and their families
  • A collaborative and engaging team
  • A diverse workplace
  • A flexible work environment
  • Competitive salaries
  • Continual learning and individual development 
  • An opportunity to build and advance your career in the public service

Paid Training

Upon formal offer of employment, prior to beginning training and as a condition of employment, a recruit will be required to sign a 'Return of Service agreement'. The agreement states that if the individual does not remain in the employment of the BC Public Sector for two years after hire, they are committed to repay their training costs on a pro-rated basis, based on how long they have been employed.

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