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
  • 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)

Note: 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 nine months. This gives you vital operational experience.