Overview

Sheriffs are dedicated to promoting safe and resilient communities. They perform a wide range of activities in collaboration with other law enforcement and policing partners in Alberta.

There are 4 main types of sheriffs in the province:

  • law courts / legislature – transport inmates and ensure the safety of those in and around courthouses and the legislature
  • communications – monitor surveillance equipment and inform response agencies about emergencies
  • surveillance – gather evidence of criminal activity and investigate property-related complaints
  • traffic – enforce traffic safety laws and investigate collisions

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What's in it for you

Many people from across Canada and around the world choose to live and work in Alberta each year. Alberta's stable economy and innovative business spirit make it an ideal place to work.

As a sheriff, you get:

  • a pension, excellent benefits and job security
  • province-wide career opportunities
  • a rewarding, challenging and dynamic work environment
  • to be part of a team with a high level of professionalism
  • paid training opportunities
  • promotion opportunities

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Job descriptions

Law Courts Sheriff / Legislature Sheriff

  • provide a safe and secure setting for all people in and around the province's courthouses (law courts sheriff)
  • deliver a safe and secure setting for all people in and around the Alberta Legislature Building (legislature staff)
  • manage, handle and transport inmates (law courts sheriff)
  • maintain a safe and secure setting at major public events

Job description

When they're hired into this position, many recruits begin with an entry-level job description.

Experienced sheriffs can apply and compete for positions in other sections of the branch such as Traffic and the SCAN unit. As these positions are highly sought, internal applicants are required to have specific experience and skills to be successful in applying for these positions.

Law Courts Sergeant

  • oversee their unit's participation in the inmate escort and court security program
  • supervise law courts sheriffs
  • oversee the inter-jurisdictional transfer of inmates
  • provide police support at major public events

Job description

Communications Officer

  • monitor local and off-site security surveillance equipment
  • advise response agencies and their personnel of emergencies
  • document sheriff locations and activities
  • maintain records and incident reports

Job description

Surveillance Sheriff

  • assist other law enforcement agencies in surveillance activities
  • investigate people of interest
  • identify, document, collect and process physical evidence
  • investigate complaints with respect to the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act

Job description

Traffic Sheriff

  • enforce traffic safety
  • investigate collisions
  • do educational presentations
  • apprehend warrants

Job description

Traffic Sergeant

  • oversee their unit's participation in the traffic enforcement program
  • oversee their unit's participation in traffic safety initiatives
  • supervise traffic sheriffs
  • collaborate with stakeholders, clients and other enforcement agencies

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Job requirements

Qualifications

Communications Officer

  • one-year certificate in a related field
    OR
  • one-year combined of directly related education and / or experience

Law Courts Sheriff / Legislature Sheriff (both entry level)

  • 2-year diploma in a related field
    OR
  • 2 years combined of directly related education and / or experience
    OR
  • journeyman with 1 year of related experience

Law Courts Sheriff / Legislature Sheriff / Surveillance Sheriff / Traffic Sheriff

  • 2-year diploma in a related field plus 2 years of progressively responsible related experience
    OR
  • 4 years combined of directly related education and / or experience
    OR
  • journeyman with 3 years of related experience

Law Courts Sergeant / Traffic Sergeant

  • 2-year diploma in a related field plus 5 years of progressively responsible related experience
    OR
  • 7 years combined of directly related education and / or experience
    OR
  • journeyman with 6 years of related experience

Requirements

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or eligible to work in Canada
  • valid Alberta Class 4 driver's licence (Class 5 for communications officer positions)
  • current driver's abstract
  • current standard first aid certificate
  • current CPR certification (Level C) – for infants, children and adults
  • current and clear criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector check
  • proof of successful completion of the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test  – in 4 minutes 45 seconds or less in the last 3 months (does not apply to communications officer positions)
  • eligible for appointment as a peace officer under the Peace Officer Act

Skills and abilities

  • high degree of integrity and maturity
  • sound judgment and common sense
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • function effectively in a team environment
  • confident problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • strong leadership and role model abilities
  • able to function effectively in a potentially hostile work environment
  • basic computer proficiency and keyboarding skills
  • able to accommodate shift work, which includes weekends and holidays

PARE test

The Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test is a key component of the recruiting process:

  • the PARE test is designed to evaluate your level of physical fitness to ensure you're able to perform the duties of a sheriff
  • you must provide proof of successful completion of the PARE test – in 4 minutes 45 seconds or less in the last 3 months
  • medical consent is required from a physician before you will be permitted to participate in the PARE test
  • for your scheduled PARE test, you must bring – (1) Medical Consent form that’s fully filled out and signed by a physician; (2) Consent and Test Record form
  • if you live outside Alberta, we will accept a successful PARE test from the province you live in
  • the PARE test does not apply to communications officer positions

If you need help with scheduling your PARE test, contact Sgt. Kelly Russell at alberta.sheriffs@gov.ab.ca.

PARE test centres

PARE Medical Consent form (PDF, 163 KB)

PARE Consent and Test Record form (PDF, 162)

Recruiting process

There's a 5-step process to becoming a sheriff recruit:

Step 1. Submit resume and documents

Visit the Alberta Public Service jobs website and apply for a sheriff position.

Submit your resume and electronically-scanned copies of these documents:

  • proof of a successful PARE test (for all non-communication officer positions) or out-of-province equivalent
  • original valid Alberta Class 4 driver’s licence (Class 5 for communications officer positions) or out-of-province equivalent
  • current driver's abstract
  • current standard first aid certificate
  • current CPR certification (Level C) – for infants, children and adults
  • current and clear criminal record check

After you submit your resume and related documents, we’ll review them to ensure you meet the sheriff job requirements.

Step 2. Interview

We contact you for an in-person interview that's no more than one hour. For the interview, you need to bring:

  • original copies of the documents you submitted with your resume
  • 3 supervisor references – current or previous employers

The interview panel is usually made up of a sergeant and an inspector. It may also include an additional sergeant or inspector.

You must be willing to work in one of several locations. Be ready to discuss which locations you prefer.

Before your in-person interview, we'll conduct a short questionnaire over the phone with you.

Step 3. References and academic verification

After your interview, we:

  • check all your references
  • verify your academic credentials
  • do any other required checks / verifications

Step 4. Psychological test

You're required to take a pre-employment psychological assessment, arranged by and paid for by the ministry.

Step 5. Offer of employment

We'll call you with a verbal offer of employment. If you accept it, we'll send you an offer letter that includes your employment details:

  • salary
  • job classification
  • work location
  • training class start date
  • benefit plan overview

In some cases, we may offer you a position as a pre-hire recruit. This position lets you do administrative work with us until the next training class starts – up to 10 weeks away.

Training

Our ministry's Sheriff Induction Training Program is paid, comprehensive and designed for you – the new sheriff recruit.

The program runs for 15 weeks at the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Training Academy in Edmonton. The college's mission is to promote public safety and secure and resilient communities through the advancement of:

  • professional standards
  • delivery of quality training
  • innovative program development
  • educational leadership and operational accountability

We give you a structured learning environment that gets you job-ready and instills the pride and professionalism that comes with being a sheriff.

Classroom and field experience

Our instructors guide your professional development – in the classroom and field – through these subjects:

  • subject control tactics (officer safety)
  • emergency vehicle operation
  • legal studies
  • firearms
  • physical conditioning
  • ethics
  • drill / ceremony
  • gangs and intelligence
  • verbal judo (tactical communications)
  • fingerprinting
  • DNA samples
  • notebook and report writing
  • fire hazards
  • data entry systems
  • mental health
  • multiculturalism
  • infectious diseases
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP)

During this training program, recruits are required to successfully complete the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test twice.

On-the-job training

After you successfully complete the Sheriff Induction Training Program, you're placed in the Sheriff Field Training Program for 9 months. This gives you vital operational experience.

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Thank you for your interest in becoming an Alberta sheriff.

Calgary and Edmonton locations

Apply to work as a Law Court Sheriff in Calgary or Edmonton.

Regional locations

Apply to work as a Law Court Sheriff in:

  • Drumheller
  • Fort McMurray
  • Grande Prairie
  • High Level
  • High Prairie
  • Hinton
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Peace River
  • Red Deer
  • St. Paul
  • Vermilion
  • Wetaskiwin

Contact

To connect with the Alberta Sheriffs:

Hours: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-3500
Email: alberta.sheriffs@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta Sheriffs
702 Oxford Tower
10025 102A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2Z2