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There’s a new sheriff in town... actually in Newfoundland and Labrador

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Derek Peddle named the province's new Acting High Sherriff

A lot has changed in the office of Newfoundland and Labrador’s High Sheriff since Derek Peddle first joined in 1993.

During his time on the job, Peddle has seen the number of officers grow from 11 in St. John’s to almost 100 servicing 10 court centres in the province. 

Beginning today, that’s the group for which Peddle is responsible; he has been named Acting High Sheriff, taking over from Dan Chafe, who was recently named Superintendent of Prisons.

The appointment, which is effective immediately, was made by Andrew Parsons, the province’s Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General. 

Peddle, a native of Harbour Grace and a graduate from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Criminology Certificate, was part of the inaugural class of the Court Security Program. He has served in supervisor and managerial roles since 2006, including as the Eastern Region’s Manager of Court Security for the last dozen years.

The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for administrative services to the Supreme and Provincial Courts, including bailiff services and executing decisions of the courts, judgement enforcement services under the Judgement Enforcement Act, jury services under the Jury Act and court security services under the Court Security Act.

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