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BC Sheriff Service to police

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:35 pm
by rms47
Would joining the BC Sheriff services be a recommended course of action as a stepping stone towards either RCMP/Municipal force — or would my efforts be better spent elsewhere? Any insight is much appreciated.


Re: BC Sheriff Service to police

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:54 pm
by Highland2012
Lots of people use B.C Sheriff's as a stepping stone to go on to policing. It looks good on a resume, and its also a great career if you decide to stay with them. You will learn a lot at the JI that will translate over to your career as a police officer. Obviously there's ton's that police do that the sheriffs don't but with that said you are still an armed peace officer in public. You are trained and become proficient to carry many of the same tools such as pistol, OC, cuffs, CEW, carbine, etc. and are held to the same professional standards as a police officer. You also execute warrants in and out of the courts. The downside to using the Sheriff's as a stepping stone is that it limits your ability to participate in Auxiliary/Reserve police programs as it is considered a conflict of interest. Many young constables begin their career by volunteering in those programs before applying. It gives the agency a chance to get to know you, and you to get to know the agency whilst working side by side.

Just my opinion! :thumbsup:


Re: BC Sheriff Service to police

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:32 pm
by Sierra1993
It's a big commitment and it's 14 weeks of training - from firearms, to driving, to legal studies, to IARD, to Use Of Force, to in the field training and so on - they will dedicate a lot of resources into building you + it's not an easy process either, it's super competitive - I think one of the postings they had like over 500 applicants for 24 seats, and now from my understanding the current class size is just 12; many of whom are just carry overs who passed all the stages in the previous pool but weren't able to rank high enough to make the 24 seats in the last class - in addition to the hundreds of applicants that are out there applying.

If your plan is to just straight up use them to get to police I think you should be upfront about that from day#1 of the application process because they are making a big investment in hiring you + unless you want to pay back training, you will need to dedicate 2 years of service.

Just my opinion though - there are a lot of officers in the field who jump to Police for many reasons.

Re: BC Sheriff Service to police

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:20 pm
by rms47
Thanks for the in depth responses. Would anyone be able to provide me first hand insight into the reserve constable/auxilary program? Specifically RCMP or municipal forces in the lower mainland.

What is the application process like and how difficult is it?
How likely is it to lead into a police officer job should I display competence?

Thanks again.

Re: BC Sheriff Service to police

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:40 pm
by Highland2012
Google will be your best friend , but additionally there should are other blueline forum threads as well that will have information for you. Most detachments and especially municipal forces have different program coordinators who are in charge of implementing training, uniforms, and level of service. Some coordinators are civillians, and some are officers who could be running the program off the side of the desk. This all makes big differences into the type of work the auxiliary/reserve officers do. Some detachments will send aux/reserves out with officers, others restrict them to public events like parades or fairs to man booths. You should make sure to do your research, and talk to some volunteers to see if its something your interested in. Might be worth your while to volunteer with the local PD as a reserve even if the program isn't very advanced if your going to pursue that department even though it might not be as "hands on".

To answer your question about the application process, that varies as well; But, they usually consist of a paper application, then an interview or group interview, and some departments implement the PARE physical test.

If you performed well in the program it would look good obviously, but if you rubbed shoulder's with the staff or didn't perform well it would work against you. If you were let go, it could affect your application to any law enforcement agency. Every recruiter you apply to will be contacting the coordinator for the reference.