Communication Officers Law Court Sergeant Traffic Sergeant
Traffic Sheriff Surveillance Sheriff Law Court Sheriff

SheriffSheriffs are responsible for several areas that directly support provincial law enforcement agencies.  They play a significant role in the ministry’s commitment to promote safe and secure communities throughout the province. These areas include: 

  • Alberta Security and Strategic Intelligence Support Team (ASSIST)
  • Court protection services and prisoner transportation
  • Executive protection services
  • Facilities protection
  • Investigative services
  • Sheriff operations communications centre (SOCC)
  • Traffic safety

Watch a short video about Sheriffs created for the Alberta Learning Information Service.

Hear first hand what employees have to say about a career with the Alberta government.  Go to "Ask Employees" and choose Corrections/Enforcement/Inspection.

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Job Descriptions

Communication Officers - (Classified as SST I)

Communications Officers  operate a complex 24-hour security control room where the status of alarm systems throughout the province are monitored and coordinates activities of contracted security personnel.

The Communication Officer:

  • Monitors local and off-site security surveillance equipment
  • Advises response agencies and personnel of emergencies
  • Monitors equipment status
  • Organizes remedial actions
  • Maintains records and incident reports
  • Responsible for radio dispatch functions, including monitoring and responding to all radio activity
  • Documenting locations and activities of Sheriffs
  • Broadcasting special events and notifications
  • Researching and delivering information
  • Linking communications for all Sheriffs
  • Responds to alarms at Government Centre or other sites (i.e. the Edmonton Law Courts and the Lieutenant Governor's residence) and takes action as necessary
  • Monitors and responds to requests made through Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) for Sheriffs
  • Controls and maintains arrest warrants initiated through Sheriffs
  • Access motor vehicle databases for Sheriff's inquiries

View the minimum recruitment standards can be found here

Additional Recruitment Requirements:

  • Current CPR (adult, child, and infant) AND Current Standard Level First Aid
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License with a Current driver’s abstract

Law Court Sheriff (Classified as SST III)

Law Court Sheriffs provide and maintain a safe and secure setting for all persons within the province’s 75 provincial courthouses.  The Law Court Sheriff is responsible for:

  • Security of the court, the Judiciary and all persons attending
  • Prisoner management
  • Handling and transporting of offenders
  • Community deployments at major public order events

Minimum recruitment standards can be found here

Most candidates hired into a Law Court Sheriff position commence at the entry level (classified as SST2).

Minimum recruitment standards can be found here.

The Sheriffs Branch has developed a Community Deployment Program whereby Law Court Sheriffs contribute to the continuum of policing. 

Traffic Sheriff (Classified as SST III)

Traffic Sheriffs provide complex and highly specialized service in:

  • Collision investigation
  • Awareness and educational presentations
  • Warrant apprehension
  • Traffic safety enforcement
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Joint Force Traffic Safety Operations with Alberta's policing agencies.

Minimum Recruitment Standards can be found here.

Surveillance Sheriff (Classified as a SST III)

Surveillance Sheriffs provide a complex and highly specialized services assisting other law enforcement agencies in surveillance activities and investigation on people of interest.

Minimum recruitment standards can be found here.

Law Court Sergeant (Classified as an SST IV)

The Law Court Sergeants are directly responsible for:

  • Delivering complex and a highly specialized program of prisoner escort and court security
  • Supervising Sheriffs
  • Inter-jurisdictional transfers of inmates and providing police support at community events

Minimum recruitment standards can be found here.

The Sergeant ensures that high levels of coordination exist with stakeholders and partners with interests in the program, including other ministries, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), local and integrated law enforcement agencies, and provincial enforcement agencies.

Traffic Sergeant (Classified SST IV)

Traffic Sergeants supervise Sheriffs delivering enforcement, education and awareness initiatives designed to optimize traffic safety in the Province of Alberta. They collaborate and partner with stakeholders, clients and other enforcement agencies to reduce collisions through the effective service delivery of the Traffic Safety Program.

Minimum recruitment standards can be found here.

Additional Recruitment Requirements for SST II to SST IV

  • Valid Alberta Class 4 Driver’s License
  • Current Driver’s Abstract
  • Valid Standard First Aid and CPR (adult, child and infant)
  • Current and Clear Criminal Records Check
  • Proof of successful completion of the PARE (Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation) test or a sanctioned equivalent physical test with a completion time of 4 minutes 45 seconds or better within the previous three months
  • Must be eligible to qualify for firearms certification
  • Must be eligible for appointment as a Peace Officer
  • Successful applicants must be available and pass Recruit Training