Selfless action recognized with an award for JIBC grad

Deputy Sheriff Allen Kirschke receives award from VicPD Recent JIBC graduate Deputy Sheriff Allen Kirschke receives Civic Service Award for his “selfless and quick-thinking actions” (Photo by Inspector Peter Wharton)


The Victoria Police Department recently recognized a JIBC graduate with an award in recognition for his heroic and selfless actions.

Last December, Deputy Sheriff Allen Kirschke completed JIBC’s Sheriff Recruit Training (SRT) program and began working at the courthouse in Victoria.

On February 7, Deputy Sheriff Kirschke was awarded VicPD’s Civic Service Award for coming to the aid of two officers who were attempting to apprehend a distraught man near the courthouse.

He was just coming off-duty on January 27 when he saw the struggle between the man and two police officers. “Without hesitation, he jumped in and assisted the officers,” read his award citation. “With the help of Allen, the suspect was finally subdued and arrested.”

His award recognized his “selfless and quick-thinking actions” that provided “outstanding service to the communities of Victoria and Esquimalt.”

“Allen got control of the subject and used good verbal commands to get compliance,” said Darcy Eggleston, Superintendent of the Sheriff Service for the Vancouver Island region. “I think this is indicative of the great training he received while at JIBC.”

More details about his efforts are in a Victoria Times-Colonist story posted on February 8.

Service to the community runs in Deputy Sheriff Kirschke’s family. He is the second generation to serve in the BC Sheriff Service. His mother is a Sheriff serving in Duncan B.C., and his father is a former Sheriff now serving as a member of the RCMP.

Sheriffs provide security services to the Provincial, Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia; planning for and staffing of high-security trials at all levels of court; and many other court-related services and duties. Information about how to train to be a sheriff is available at JIBC’s School of Criminal Justice and Security.

Story by Richard Chu

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