Ask a Sheriff

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby Northmenapplicant » Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:24 pm

I got a call for an interview in Calgary this coming friday! Excited!

Anybody have any interview advice for me?

Also does anyone have any clue as to how many Sheriffs are being hired this round?

thanks!

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby Northmenapplicant » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:19 am

Does anyone have an idea when the next job posting will be? Sometime in the next few months I imagine? Almost got in last time, hoping to get through this next round!

I'm also trying to schedule it so I don't have to do the PARE more than once for the application process, I need to save all my vacation days for interviews and other things as well.

If I did the PARE test for March, think that would cover long enough for them to accept applications?

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby ABFarmer » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:03 am

Greetings and thank you for letting me in on this forum.

After a very successful career in the Armed Forces, I’m looking forward to some geographical and family stability as well as a overall change of pace (55-60 hr weeks and 4-7 months away annually). Coming across the Sheriff’s website, my interest was piqued as a potential second career.

I have visited the Sheriff’s website, saw a couple of relevant YouTube videos and came across this forum. Paring through the 100 pages of this thread, there is certainly a lot of useful information, but there has not been any update in nearly 2 years.

Would any insiders please provide any update on recruiting for jobs in the Edmonton area?

Perhaps a more personal question, but would I be considered unfavourably as a 40-something year old, senior officer veteran of the CAF in an unrelated trade?

Finally, if I may, why do people chose the AB Sheriffs over the RCMP or EPS/CPS? As an older individual who has had more than his share of excitement over the years, it seems like the Sheriffs would offer a quieter pace but this answer could come across as uniformed and condescending during an interview.

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby Gizzmo980 » Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:43 pm

Is anyone else going to the training on July 20th?

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby FASANIMAL » Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:39 pm

Gizzmo980 wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:43 pm
Is anyone else going to the training on July 20th?
I'll be seeing you there!

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby CJ20 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:16 am

ABFarmer wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:03 am
Greetings and thank you for letting me in on this forum.

After a very successful career in the Armed Forces, I’m looking forward to some geographical and family stability as well as a overall change of pace (55-60 hr weeks and 4-7 months away annually). Coming across the Sheriff’s website, my interest was piqued as a potential second career.

I have visited the Sheriff’s website, saw a couple of relevant YouTube videos and came across this forum. Paring through the 100 pages of this thread, there is certainly a lot of useful information, but there has not been any update in nearly 2 years.

Would any insiders please provide any update on recruiting for jobs in the Edmonton area?

Perhaps a more personal question, but would I be considered unfavourably as a 40-something year old, senior officer veteran of the CAF in an unrelated trade?

Finally, if I may, why do people chose the AB Sheriffs over the RCMP or EPS/CPS? As an older individual who has had more than his share of excitement over the years, it seems like the Sheriffs would offer a quieter pace but this answer could come across as uniformed and condescending during an interview.

Thank you in advance.
Maybe I can put in my two cents. I do not think you would be considered unfavourable because of your age. In the grand scheme of things it should be irrelevant

As for why AB Sheriff over RCMP? One thing that comes to mind is RCMP you could be posted anywhere in Canada. As a AB Sheriffs you are guaranteed to stay in Alberta

I think you should be commended of your awareness of how a Sheriff being a quieter job may come as condescending. However I do respectfully disagree with that statement. The "meat and potatoes" of a Sheriffs is court security & prisoner transport. Which can bring various challenges, on a daily basis your dealing with violent people, people that are addicted to narcotics, checks on people entering a courthouse for weapons just to name a few. One will learn pretty quickly that dealing with people in a detention facility can be the opposite of a quieter environment.

As for why pick EPS/CPS over a Sheriff? Sometimes it is not by choice, applicants get deferred from applying to police agencies for a variety of reasons and become a Sheriff as a stepping stone to join policing. Also salary can be the biggest factor, applying to CPS/EPS you can approx make at least 100k within 5 years with no overtime.

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby ABFarmer » Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:45 am

Thank you for the feedback CJ20.

I certainly value and consider the perspective you offer to my question regarding “quieter pace” and again, I’m certainly not intending to downplay the risks, challenges and potentially very volatile situations the Court Sheriffs face routinely. I shall certainly contextualize my understanding of the matter should it ever be discussed in an interview.

On a somewhat related note, I’ve noticed in some of the official AB Sheriffs videos posted online that many interviewees are commenting on “outstanding work/life balance.” Is this the general perception by most sheriffs or was it simply that coincidental statements were made by a handful of person (that is “experience may vary”)?

Again, thank you for the feedback CJ20 and for everyone else posting here, the information is much appreciated.

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby ABFarmer » Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:20 pm

Thank you NewfieBlue!

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby AHP309 » Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:39 pm

There are wage/casual/on call positions posted now as well.

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby ABFarmer » Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:43 pm

Question out of curiosity as there seems to be little information available; beyond the announcements that is.

I see that the Sheriffs' branch has grown with the addition of the CVE and the Conservation officers. Will those 2 "sub-specialties" be secondments within the branch (like SCAN, highway patrol and executive protection) or will they be their own stove pipes from the start point?

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby AHP309 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:42 am

Fish & Wildlife remains a distinct unit under the Sheriffs branch. (The name Conservation Officer was dropped within a few days and they remain as F & W officers)

CVE officers are part of the Highway Patrol, with the same job description + specialized commercial training.

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby JonathanOVO23 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:25 pm

Anyone hear anything back yet?

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby Tofartogo » Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:49 am

JonathanOVO23 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:25 pm
Anyone hear anything back yet?
Nope, not yet. I figure next couple of weeks before Christmas break.

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Re: Ask a Sheriff

Postby NewfieBlue » Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:35 pm

Received my interview invite today 👍


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