The Ministry of Justice have announced the hiring of 13 new deputy sheriffs to be added to the ranks of the B.C. Sheriff Service.
Minister Shirley Bond says this is part of the government’s commitment to strengthen the court system.
"Sheriffs are an important part of our justice system, and we are proud of the long and distinguished service they have provided to British Columbians,” she said.
“By training these new sheriffs, we are helping to alleviate pressures in the courts and ensure B.C. courthouses are safe and secure."
The deputy sheriffs graduated last month from the sheriff academy at the Justice Institute of B.C. in New Westminster, where they received extensive training for their role in the safe and orderly operation of court proceedings.
They have been assigned throughout the province with the Lower Mainland receiving nine auxiliary sheriffs and Prince George, Terrace and Nelson each receiving one full-time sheriff.
Over the past two years, B.C.'s sheriff service has grown by 15 per cent, with the number of sheriffs serving British Columbians increasing from 465 to 533. The addition of 13 new deputy sheriffs means 36 have been hired this year.
Earlier this month, nine new judges were also announced – the B.C. government has invested over $1 billion annually in public safety and the justice system.