PRINCE GEORGE – Two new sheriffs will serve in Prince George to help ensure the safety of all justice system participants, Prince George MLAs Mike Morris and Shirley Bond announced today.

The sheriffs recently completed 16 weeks of Sheriff Recruit Training through the Justice Institute of British Columbia, giving them the necessary skills to perform public safety and statutory roles at courthouses across B.C.

Their main responsibilities include escorting prisoners between courthouses, correctional centres and police lock-up facilities,  courthouse and courtroom security, jury management and providing protection services to government, as well as threat assessment services to ministries.

“Having two new deputy sheriffs in Prince George will help make our courts and justice administration more effective and efficient,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

“Sheriffs play an important role in the justice system and adding capacity in Prince George with two recent graduates will provide additional support and help ensure our community and region are safer,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said.

Learn more about the B.C. Sheriff Service at ag.gov.bc.ca/courts/sheriffs/index.htm.