JIBC Law Enforcement Studies program contributes to the success of a new BC Sheriff recruit


Ever since Jenelle completed the RCMP Youth Academy when she was in high school, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

“It was definitely an intense experience, however, I have to admit that by the end of the program, I had become infatuated with the intensity, discipline, sense of teamwork, and overall feeling of accomplishment when it was all said and done,” she said. “After that experience, I knew that law enforcement was something I definitely wanted to be a part of.”

When she graduated, she went on to explore various law enforcement careers available in B.C. A family friend was a member of BC Sheriff Services and after learning more about the roles and responsibilities of sheriffs from him, she decided to apply when she was 19.

Unfortunately, given the highly competitive recruitment process, she wasn’t selected at the time. A recruitment officer recommended that to become an “all-star” candidate, she should gain more experience in the field and continue her education before she reapply.

A couple years later, she heard about JIBC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) from a friend who was in the program.

“After researching the LESD program, I knew that this was exactly what I needed to help me achieve my goal of becoming a Sheriff,” she said. “Through the program, I gained a detailed understanding of how the justice system works, and I excelled academically with the support of my incredibly dedicated instructors.”

Her passion and determination to succeed was apparent in the first year of the program. She received straight A’s in all her courses, something she said she had not achieved in high school. In addition to her studies, she also gained valuable, first-hand experience volunteering at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge. And while at JIBC, she had the opportunity to meet and speak to instructors in the Sheriff Academy, which helped give her added insight and confidence to apply a second time to the Sheriff Services Division of the BC Ministry of Justice. This time, with her education and experience, she was selected as one of the latest Sheriff recruits and began training to become a Deputy Sheriff earlier this year.

At 23, Jenelle was the youngest recruit in her class, and excelled in her training. She ranked as the top recruit in her class, and at her graduation earlier this month, she was the recipient of the Chief Sheriff Shield of Merit Award, which is given to a recruit that models overall achievement and demonstrates the values and espirit de corps of Sheriff Services.

“Overall, I am very happy with my education. The LESD program contributed greatly to my success,” she said. “Thank you so much for creating such a great program. I don’t think I could have been as successful without it.”

For students considering the LESD program, she added: “This program provides some of the best education and training you can receive as a student interested in a career in law enforcement. Hard work pays off, so always strive to achieve your best every day. If at first you are not successful, never give up and always try again. Never lose sight of your goal. You will get there eventually.”

Stay up to date about the latest course offerings you’re most interested in and subscribe to JIBC’s customizable email mailing list.For more information about the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma, visit the LESD webpage or email lesd@jibc.ca. To learn more about becoming a deputy sheriff with BC Sheriff Services, visit the Sheriff Academy webpage or email BCSheriffs@gov.bc.ca.

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