Sheriff's Officer

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Closing date: Feb 22, 2019

Location: Yellowknife

Department: JUS Sheriff Services

Job Code: 16510

Salary: $72,677 - $86,775

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and aboriginal values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information

Located in Yellowknife, the Sheriff's Officer reports directly to the Manager, Sheriff's Services. The Sheriff's Officer exercises independently statutory authority under the following appointments: Deputy Sheriff, Peace Officer, Notary Public and is also an ex-officio Deputy Marshal for Federal Court. The incumbent will provide security for eight resident judges, deputy judges, and justices of the four levels of court in the Northwest Territories (Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Territorial Court, Justice of the Peace Court) and the court facilities. The Sheriff's Officer must conduct oneself at all times (including outside of office hours) in a manner that will not cause the administration of justice to be or be seen to be in disrepute, and must also ensure that the independence of the judiciary is upheld at all times. There will be regular contact with the general public, legal community judiciary and other clients to provide and receive information, interpret rules of the court and numerous pieces of legislation pertaining to court actions and civil enforcement activities.

The Sheriff's Officer assists with jury selection and is responsible for ensuring security of the jury and that jurors have all necessary amenities for trials. There are approximately 40 jury trials scheduled which requires upwards of 10,000 jury summons per year. With an excess of 1,000 days of court set per calendar year the Sheriff's Officer is required to travel to all communities in the Northwest Territories. The Sheriff's Office carries out approximately 100 seizures of goods and property each year. The incumbent understands the legal implications/ramifications of issuing and/or filing documents in compliance with legislative requirements and in a timely fashion in order to avoid potential lawsuits against the Courts, Court personnel or the GNWT and the inherent financial and possible human implications. The incumbent is responsible for examining and returning or accepting documents for filing, and issuing on behalf of the Sheriff's Office in order to determine compliance with legislative requirements such as Rules of the Court, approximately 25 territorial/federal statutes and Court policies and procedures. The Sheriff's Officer is also responsible for conducting the sales of goods and lane valued at $500,000 annually. The Sheriff's Officer will supervise up to 25 persons in custody and must be prepare to react to physically threatening situations with an appropriate response with concern for safety of self, offenders and others. The Sheriff's Officer will independently exercise statutory authority while performing civil enforcement duties with little or no direct supervision. Errors may impact on the livelihood, property or freedom of affected individuals.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
Certificate or course work in law enforcement with one year of practical experience in a court security or enforcement environment.
A medical certification of fitness to perform the duties associated with position is a requirement.
A bona fide requirement of the position is passing the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE)


More Information


This job opening is for a Non-Traditional Occupations.  Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $37.27 per hour to $44.50 per hour (approximately $72,676.50 - 86,775.00) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.00.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 16510     

Closing Date: February 22, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445