Each recruit must complete in-depth training to become a sheriff.
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
- physical conditioning
- drill / ceremony
- gangs and intelligence
- verbal judo (tactical communications)
- DNA samples
- notebook and report writing
- fire hazards
- data entry systems
- mental health
- infectious diseases
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP)
Note: During this training program, recruits are required to successfully complete the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test twice.
After you successfully complete the Sheriff Induction Training Program, you're placed in the Sheriff Field Training Program for nine months. This gives you vital operational experience.