Become a Sheriff

The British Columbia Sheriff Service (BCSS) offers full-time employment that provides favourable work-life balance. Job opportunities are in the Lower Mainland with other potential opportunities in the North, Interior and Vancouver Island regions. If you want to make a difference in your community, we encourage you to consider a career with the BCSS.

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, defense, public, and court staff, as well as all participants in the system. We encourage you to visit the Deputy Sheriff careers page to learn more about their work and how to start your 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, who reports to the Assistant Deputy Minister.

How to Apply

The Office of Professional Standards accepts applications three times each year. In order to apply, you must meet the selection criteria outlined on the job posting and submit the required documentation. View and apply for current opportunities through the Current B.C. 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.

Full details on how to apply, including the Deputy Sheriff Recruitment Requirements, the Deputy Sheriff Job Description and details on the selection criteria are available on the Deputy Sheriff careers page.

Recruitment and Training

Sheriff recruit selection and training is overseen by the Office of Professional Standards, located at the Robson Square headquarters. Recruit training is provided by the BCSS and is located at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). 

Upon hiring, new recruits are scheduled to attend mandatory Sheriff Recruit Training (SRT) at the Sheriff Academy at the JIBC. There is no cost to recruits for training and a training wage is provided.

Read more about the recruitment process.