Deputy Sheriff Career Opportunities

What is a Deputy Sheriff?

Office of Professional Standards logoBenefit from an exciting opportunity with work-life balance. The British Columbia Sheriff Services (BCSS) offers full-time employment with various hours, Monday to Friday.

Opportunities are on the Lower Mainland, as well as potential opportunities in the North, Interior and Island regions.

Overview

BCSS is a division of the Court Services Branch in the Ministry of Attorney General. BCSS offers exciting careers in a law enforcement environment in 43 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 provide protective services for the judiciary, crown, defence, public, court staff, and all participants in the system. Deputy sheriffs work to provide a safe environment while participating in, or delivering, justice 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:

  • Providing for the safety of the courts and its users
  • Coordinating court appearances, including high-security situations
  • Providing ground and air prisoner escorts
  • Managing courthouse detention cellblocks
  • Jury management, selection and sequestering
  • Intelligence gathering and risk assessment
  • 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.

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
  • Staff inspectors
  • Superintendents
  • Chief sheriff of operations

The highest ranking sheriff is the director of sheriffs held by the assistant deputy minister.

For more information about this role, read the Deputy Sheriff Job Description (PDF,647KB).

BC Sheriff Services vision

Continue to be recognized as an international leader in providing protective and enforcement services for the justice system.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 19 years of age
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizenship or permanent residency)
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent (eg. Adult Dogwood diploma for B.C. or GED)
  • Valid first aid certificate (minimum Level 1) with CPR-C (Occupational Level One First Aid preferred)
  • English language proficiency as supported  by either Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test score (minimum Level 5); OR two post-secondary English or communications courses with a minimum of six credits (if you are registered for the LPI you are required to provide a copy of your registration)
  • Valid Class 4 unrestricted B.C. Driver’s Licence or equivalent from another province (no prohibitions/suspensions, and a maximum of nine demerit points)
  • Safe driving record (driver’s abstract)
  • ICBC claims history letter (not older than 30 days from submission of application)
  • Minimum typing speed of 25 NET words per minute
  • Pass the Sheriff Officer Physical Abilities Test (SOPAT) in under four minutes and 15 seconds
  • Pass a past-work performance reference check
  • Pass an enhanced security screening
  • Pass a comprehensive medical examination

Previous law enforcement experience and/or education and training may be given preference.

Read the Deputy Sheriff Recruitment Requirements (PDF, 120KB)  for more details.

Application Process Update

The Deputy Sheriff Recruitment Centre accepts applications in December, February and June each year. View and apply for current opportunities through the Current BC Government Job Postings page. To receive email updates when a new job posting is active, create a Job Search Agent and select the category Court and Judicial Services. Our Searching for Opportunities page contains job search tips and instructions on how to create a Job Search Agent.

The Online application records responses on how applicants meet the listed qualifications. In addition to completing the online application, all applicants are required to submit documented proof of their qualifications. This includes emailing copies of their identification, certificates, and transcripts to the Court Services Branch (CSB) Office of Professional Standards (OPS) Recruitment & Selection Centre.

Applicants selected to move forward are tested on their keyboarding skills (25 words per minute minimum). Applicants are also required to complete The Sheriff Officer Physical Abilities Test (SOPAT), a physical fitness test that must be completed in less than four minutes and 15 seconds.

To see a demonstration of the SOPAT, visit the Justice Institute of BC website.

Applicants who successfully complete and pass the Security Screening Questionnaire (PDF, 461KB) will be required to register for and pass the SOPAT. They must also agree to a detailed personal background check and comprehensive medical examination prior to receiving confirmation of employment. Results of the pre-employment written assessment and background check are verified through a Computer Voice Stress Analysis test.

All successful applicants are hired by the Court Services Branch (CSB) Office of Professional Standards (OPS) and are 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 hiring, new recruits are scheduled to attend mandatory Sheriff Recruit Training (SRT) at the Sheriff Academy at the Justice Institute of B.C.  There is no cost to recruits for training and a training wage is provided.

Prior to beginning training and as a condition of employment, a recruit is 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 commit to repay their training costs on a pro-rated basis, based on how long they have been employed.