Ask A BC Sheriff

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Sierra1993 » Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:42 am

Sean1992 wrote:
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Hello, everyone

I am new to this post. I am currently working as an CO in BC correction. I can see some sheriffs have also had correctional experiences. Based on my knowledge so far, the sheriff made almost same salary with CO. Is there a lot of OT available in sheriff? The reason why I am asking because the place where I am working we don't have much OT since the pandemic arrived, however, some of the other agencies still offer a lot of OT. To be able to support my family in BC, the living expense definitely requires us to have a little bit more salary comparing to other cities.

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I went from BC Corrections to BC Sheriffs, for OT comparison it will depend on the centre you are working at. I worked out of two different ones in the span of my career with Corrections and I can say the OT opportunities in Corrections compared to Sheriffs were quite a bit more.

For Sheriffs some offices get more, some get less. If you are in it for the OT and days off stay with Corrections. Sheriffs offers more in other areas like actual LEO experience and no 18 month growth series wait to get on the grid - and you aren't stuck on the units all the time.

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Sean1992 » Fri May 07, 2021 2:41 pm

Hi, Sierra

Thank you for your reply, that's really helpful. I see whats your mean. I am looking forward to work in sheriff, which offers more LEO experience. I also enjoy working in the corrections, especially with my colleagues. Either stay in correction or move to sheriff, I am happy about this career. Stay safe!
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Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:42 am
Sean1992 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:09 pm
Hello, everyone

I am new to this post. I am currently working as an CO in BC correction. I can see some sheriffs have also had correctional experiences. Based on my knowledge so far, the sheriff made almost same salary with CO. Is there a lot of OT available in sheriff? The reason why I am asking because the place where I am working we don't have much OT since the pandemic arrived, however, some of the other agencies still offer a lot of OT. To be able to support my family in BC, the living expense definitely requires us to have a little bit more salary comparing to other cities.

Kind regards,

SEAN
I went from BC Corrections to BC Sheriffs, for OT comparison it will depend on the centre you are working at. I worked out of two different ones in the span of my career with Corrections and I can say the OT opportunities in Corrections compared to Sheriffs were quite a bit more.

For Sheriffs some offices get more, some get less. If you are in it for the OT and days off stay with Corrections. Sheriffs offers more in other areas like actual LEO experience and no 18 month growth series wait to get on the grid - and you aren't stuck on the units all the time.

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Sean1992 » Fri May 07, 2021 2:47 pm

Hi, Highland2012

Thank you for your reply, that's really helpful. I would definitely consider to stay in lower mainland. Yes, for sure. I heard North offers more OT for both correction and sheriff. 16hrs shift is like every day schedule. LoL

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Hey Sean,

The amount of OT varies on the office you get posted to. For example VLC has a supreme court, so deputies are required to work OT for Jury duties regularly. Where as some offices don't have supreme and only get the odd OT hours doing late escorts for example. If you go up North however, there are LOTS of OT opportunities if that's something your willing to do.

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Sean1992 » Fri May 07, 2021 2:51 pm

Hi, Dorydory

Thank you for your reply, that's really helpful. I am not a crazy guy of OT. For sure if there are OT hrs available would be nice to make some extra. However, I am more like work life balance, so it doesn't really matter to me.
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especially with covid, you'll find almost no OT with the sheriffs... in fact compared to COs, our OT is abysmal lol.

if you are an OT seeker, I'd stay with Corrections. We aren't a 24 hour operation.

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Rareform » Sun May 09, 2021 9:00 pm

Sean1992 wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 2:47 pm
Hi, Highland2012

Thank you for your reply, that's really helpful. I would definitely consider to stay in lower mainland. Yes, for sure. I heard North offers more OT for both correction and sheriff. 16hrs shift is like every day schedule. LoL
Depending on your centre, BC Corrections has some pretty wild shift schedules available if you're up for them.
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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Pcabs » Sun May 09, 2021 9:54 pm

Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone is well! I recently receive an email from recruitment stating that they are finalizing the July SRT postings. They wrote that majority of the positions will be to fill Northern positions. I live in the lower mainland and at this time, I am only willing to accept a lower mainland or Vancouver Island position. Having said that, what would happen If I decline a Northern post offer? Are there alternative for me ?

I just want to thank everyone who took time to share their experiences on this thread. Truly helped a lot to get me this far in the process.

Cheers !

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby celticfigz17 » Wed May 12, 2021 11:05 am

I don't believe there are deferrals. Likely you would need to reapply to future positions if you reject the offer for a position up North.

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Highland2012 » Wed May 12, 2021 1:08 pm

There is a float pool where you kind get juggled between offices in the LMD, but it sounds like they are trying to backfill Northern spots since those are the most difficult to fill. You can always apply, and see how it turns out. If they offer you something you don't want just turn it down!

Vancouver Island isn't extremely sought after unlike the Fraser Valley right now, so getting a post there wouldn't be too hard either I suspect.

Lastly, there is always the transfer option. After a couple years on the job you can lateral to any office with an opening and big places like Surrey or Vancouver typically have spots.
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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Pcabs » Wed May 12, 2021 1:42 pm

Highland2012 wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 1:08 pm
There is a float pool where you kind get juggled between officers in the LMD, but it sounds like they are trying to backfill Northern spots since those are the most difficult to fill. You can always apply, and see how it turns out. If they offer you something you don't want just turn it down!

Vancouver Island isn't extremely sought after unlike the Fraser Valley right now, so getting a post there wouldn't be too hard either I suspect.

Lastly, there is always the transfer option. After a couple years on the job you can lateral to any office with an opening and big places like Surrey or Vancouver typically have spots.

Thanks for the reply! I guess I just need to wait and see the finalize available posting for the July class and go from there. Hopefully, there are at least a couple of LMD or Vancouver Island positions available.

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Dorydory » Mon May 24, 2021 6:37 am

I have heard that the priority is to fill vacancies in the north. not sure about how many vacancies there are in the LMD. Seems like the big offices are always asking for more staff.. but the dept overall determines how many are hired.

if you were to take a northern posting, you would have to do a minimum of 2 years there.

if you ask for a LMD posting only, and they reject you, I dont think you have much recourse.

FWIW, I know a few guys who went north and enjoyed it. Lots of career progression up there. Seems like the best way to make rank is to take those kinds of spots. The LMD is great for the Deputy For Life crowd like myself and Highland ;)

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Rareform » Sat May 29, 2021 5:58 pm

Filling vacancies in the North is a frequent priority for most provincial enforcement bodies — CVSE, NRO, Sheriffs, etc.

Doesn’t mean if hired, you will be sent there, but there is always a potential.
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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Sierra1993 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:10 pm

Thought I would share this interesting news;

The MVA was just amended and Sheriff vehicles have been added to the definition of "emergency vehicles" also amended to authorize sheriffs to engage their emergency vehicle lights in the discharge of their duties while transporting a person in lawful custody - along with an Electronic device while driving amendment.

and the emergency vehicle operation training will now be added to the sheriff recruit training program with a roll out of that training to all Sheriffs currently in the field. So if you go to the academy in the future it looks like you might be getting this training.

Step in the right direction for the service since previously it required specific training after graduation and eliminates the need for SPC designation.

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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Dorydory » Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:10 am

its a step in the right direction, but the idea behind these changes is just to cover advanced escorts. its a streamlining of current hurdles.

operationally, there is no real change from this.
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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Highland2012 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:07 pm

Dory is accurate in this statement. It is indeed a step in the right direction, but it basically cuts out some of the red tape in regards to certain delegations a.k.a PAPERWORK that were required to do our job properly.

One small step for sheriffs, one large heap of paperwork in the recycling bin. :o
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Re: Ask A BC Sheriff

Postby Dorydory » Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:25 am

for example..

you could be me, a carbine operator.

but you don't have advanced escort training (thanks covid / parenthood)

but say I do have it.. I'd be good to go right?

no.. because I need to do a bunch of carbine practices and what not.. but besides the point..

do I have special constable designation? no? well that's a problem.

okay, so now I get it.. oh but it expired? alright back to the drawing board..

bottom line, there was a ton of legal requirements for us, and this is definitely a smart move to streamline it. very cool to see new sheriffs at the JI may get even more/better training right out the gate

the service is making great moves.


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