Sheriff Recruit Training

Sheriff Recruit Training (SRT) is a fourteen-week, mandatory training program provided at no charge to candidates who are selected as Sheriff Recruits.

SOPAT (Sheriff Officer Physical Abilities Test)

The Sheriff Officer Physical Abilities Test (SOPAT) is part of the applicant screening process for admission to the Sheriff Recruit Training (SRT) program. After successful completion of the SOPAT, participants are eligible to go onto the next screening step.

You can find out more information about the SOPAT, including the station descriptions, a map of the course and the requirements you need to fulfill by downloading the SOPAT handout.

  • For further information about the SOPAT and the application process, contact the Court Services Branch.
  • Should you want to practice the SOPAT prior to doing the test at the JIBC, you can contact either your local YMCA or LEPAT for information about practice sessions.


The Sheriff Recruit Training program is composed of two “blocks” of training.

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Block I

The first block of training (11 weeks) takes place at JIBC. It places heavy emphasis on the skills necessary to perform the role of a Deputy Sheriff which include, driver training, firearms, force options, communications, legal studies, report writing, controlled access points, roles & functions, and physical fitness.

Block II

In Block II, the recruit embarks on a maximum 3-week field based training program.  During this field-training component, the recruit works with or under the direction of a specially trained deputy sheriff known as a training officer, who will also complete a recruit evaluation.

Recruits are employees of the Court Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice and receive a training wage while completing the SRT. Individuals attending from outside the Lower Mainland are eligible for travel and accommodation costs.

In order to progress to the rank of Deputy Sheriff, recruits must successfully complete the SRT, including:

  • Achieving mastery in each component of the training program to the level required by the curriculum;
  • Full-time attendance for length of program;
  • Completion of homework assignments;
  • Completion of pre-course assignments;
  • Possible attendance on one or two Saturdays or evening classes during the eleven-week program; and
  • Successfully complete the field based training program.

Last updated September 11, 2019