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As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across the province. These include services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, and Heartwood Centre for Women. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in: health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching. 


BCMHSUS is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose. 


Forensic Security Officer
Casual Opportunities

Coquitlam, BC


In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. Provides safe and secure escorts to all maximum security/high risk persons in custody at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital including remands, temporary absences from other correction institutions, immigration holds under the Criminal Code of Canada and persons unfit to stand trial and not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder (NCRMD) under the Mental Health Act; assumes custody of patients and ensures the safety of the public and employees of outside facilities during on-site and off-site escorts; maintains the security of the Review Board of Canada staff and other visitors during parole and/or court proceedings; responds to high risk situations and provides security to visitors to the hospital during regular visiting hours; performs other related security and protection duties/functions and liaises with outside agencies regarding security issues including the transport of persons to court and to other external agencies, as required.


Education, Training and Experience

  • Grade 12, plus two (2) years' recent related experience in a secure correctional or mental health facility, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Completion of a recognized defensive tactics course including a course in the use of force, metal detection, search and seizure. 
  • Eligible for appointment as a Special Provincial Constable.
  • Current CPR certificate and valid BC Class IV Driver's license. 

Skills and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of applicable legislation and statutes such as the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and effective interpersonal skills including the ability to control and direct hostile/aggressive behaviour of persons in custody. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Solid understanding of the use of force and applicable legislation as it relates to the able to retrain uncooperative, hostile or violent persons. 
  • Knowledge of the principles of the criminal justice system. 
  • Knowledge of the criminal court system including the application of court and other legal orders. 
  • Working knowledge of crisis intervention techniques. 
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of team. 
  • Ability to operate related equipment. 
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

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Applications will be accepted until this position has been filled.


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PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


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