COMPONENT 1 - CORRECTIONS & SHERIFF SERVICES

Component 1 includes members who work as Correctional Officers in provincial prisons and as Deputy Sheriffs for the B.C. Sheriff Services.

NEWS & UPDATES

November 09, 2016

The best system for non-medical marijuana sales already exists - Op-Ed The Pr...

By Stephanie Smith & Damian Kettlewell Love it or hate it, public retailing of non-medical marijuana is coming. With that in mind, the most socially responsible way to sell it in B.C. is through our existing public and private liquor stores. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals took office in October 2015, they did so with a host of mandates from Canadians. Former prime minister...

November 08, 2016

Honouring Aboriginal Veterans

On November 8 we, as Canadians, honor and celebrate the great contributions and sacrifices that Aboriginal peoples have made in defending Canada during times of war. Aboriginal veterans have participated in all major wars since the war of 1812 and enlist at a higher proportion than any other group in Canada.    For many, enlisting presented many challenges such as learning English, leaving the...

November 08, 2016

'For them, it’s like a game'

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union is calling a recent incident at the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre another example of escalating violence in B.C. prisons. Read more...

November 07, 2016

B.C. prisoner spent nearly two years in solitary because of 'significant danger'

A prisoner recently spent almost two years in solitary confinement in a B.C. jail, but the solicitor general says it was not nearly as harsh as conditions in Ontario, where that province is embroiled in controversy over a prisoner left in solitary for four years. Read more...

November 07, 2016

KRCC, correctional facilities in B.C. will soon be equipped with naloxone to ...

A potentially life-saving drug for overdose patients will be introduced to prisons across B.C. and staff will begin learning how to administer it next week. Read more...

November 04, 2016

Violence continues at Burnaby Youth Custody Services

A violent incident occurred Sunday night at Burnaby Youth Custody Centre (BYCC). It is the latest in a string of incidents at the facility, and is yet another example of the escalating violence in BC prisons. Two youths were involved in the incident, in which the youths set fires and destroyed equipment inside one of the units of the BYCC. This resulted in extensive damage. This comes only th...

November 04, 2016

Nanaimo sheriff rushed to hospital after exposure to fentanyl

In the war on Fentanyl, Const. Justin Ickringill has gotten closer than any officer wants to be to the potentially lethal drug. Read more...

November 03, 2016

Component 1 Sheriffs Scheduling Annual Vacations

Your Component 1 Executive would like to remind you of your rights under the Public Service Agreement and the Correctional and Sheriff Services Component agreement when it comes to scheduling annual vacation.   Below is the language in the Public Service and Component agreements that outline the annual vacation process.   Public Service Agreement ARTICLE 18 –ANNUAL VACATIONS   18.3 With the ex...

November 03, 2016

How B.C.'s fentanyl crisis is affecting the safety of prisoners, guards

B.C.’s fentanyl crisis is no longer just on the streets, it’s entering correctional facilities and compromising the safety of guards, including a deputy sheriff in Nanaimo who was taken to hospital this week for exposure to a high-potency drug, likely fentanyl. Read more...

November 02, 2016

Behind the riot

Teens who participated in a riot at the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre this past summer openly mocked a perceived lack of severe consequences, according to documents obtained by the NOW. Read more...

October 31, 2016

Prison Violence puts us all at Risk

Today your union is launching a campaign: Prison Violence puts us all at Risk.  The campaign addresses the increasing issue of violence and problems of overcrowding and higher inmate-correctional officer (CO) ratios in B.C.’s correctional centers. We want to put pressure on the provincial government, urging them to: Lower inmate to officer ratios Agree to change WCB regulations and reduce...