Kamloops Law Courts gets two new sheriffs
Thirty-six sheriff positions are being added to B.C. courthouses, including two in Kamloops.
The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) said it was told of the decision this week.
“We are pleased the government has listened to the concerns from sheriffs, judges and the public about the need to have proper security in our courts,” said BCGEU president Darryl Walker. “The entire court system has slowed to a crawl for the past couple of years because the government hasn’t replaced vacant sheriff positions.
According to the union, the number of sheriffs has gone from 525 a few years ago to about 385 now.
“The reduction in the number of sheriffs is due primarily to the hiring freeze that has been in place for the past two years within government,” said Purdy. “We have lost a number of members to other higher paying law enforcement agencies like the police and sheriffs in Alberta, who earn $15,000 a year more.”