Become a Sheriff

The B.C. Sheriff Services (BCSS) offers men and women exciting careers in a law enforcement environment in 44 court locations around the province.

If you want to make a difference in your community, we encourage you to consider a career with the BCSS. 

New recruits enter the BCSS as deputy sheriffs and are provided with opportunities for continuing education, skill specialization and career advancement. Deputy sheriffs are able to advance their careers by pursuing opportunities to become sergeants, staff sergeants, inspectors and superintendents. The highest ranking sheriff is the chief sheriff, followed by deputy chiefs.


Sheriff recruit selection and training is overseen by the B.C. Sheriff Services Recruitment Centre out of the Robson Square office. Recruit training is handled by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).  Read more about the JIBC (PDF).

We are currently accepting applications.

How to Apply

In order to apply, you must meet the selection criteria, complete the prescribed application form and submit the required documentation. 

Full details on how to apply, including a downloadable application form, an information package for applicants and details on the selection criteria are available on the JIBC's Sheriff Academy website.

Please note that applications and documentation which do not clearly meet the stated requirements will not be considered.


Once an applicant has submitted their application and supporting documentation, the screening process, which takes place in various locations across the province, begins. This includes:

  • Review of application: minimum requirements and preferred credentials
  • Criminal records check and fingerprint check
  • Completion of Sheriff Officer Physical Assessment Test (SOPAT)
  • Completion of pre-entry questionnaire
  • Competency-based panel interview
  • Background check – including lifestyle and integrity questionnaire and personal references
  • Employment reference check
  • Medical check


Upon hiring, new recruits are scheduled to attend mandatory Sheriff Recruit Training (SRT) at the Sheriff Academy at the Justice Institute of B.C. Typically, training is offered once or twice a year. There is no cost to recruits for training and a training wage is provided.

Learn more about the SRT and the individual courses.

In order to progress to the rank of deputy sheriff, recruits must successfully complete the SRT Program. Graduates will continue with field-based training at their assigned court facility.