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HRP Leaders

Updated May 6, 2015
As part of our 10-year Strategic Plan, in April 2015 we restructured the senior officer portion of our management team so that it is comprised of four non-union ranks, including Chief, Deputy Chief, Superintendents and Inspectors; a hierarchy which is similar to other Canadian police agencies.

Increasing the numbers of our management team will allow us to progress our police service and tackle the many strategic and operational priorities that we have set for our future. It also allows for effective succession management within the management team.

Senior Management Team Org Chart


Chief Jean-Michel Blais

Jean-Michel Blais, B.A., LL.B.

Chief of Police

Jean-Michel (J.M.) Blais was appointed to the position of Chief of Halifax Regional Police on October 10, 2012.

Prior to this appointment, Chief Blais was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 25 years. He began his career in the Québec City area in 1988 as an investigator working on various criminal organizations in the areas of drug and customs interdiction. In 1995, he completed his first mission with the United Nations in Haiti as a civilian police officer. Following his return, he was transferred to Québec City and Montréal, working predominantly on organized motorcycle gangs and Colombian Cartels in Canada, Columbia and Cuba. In 2000, he was transferred to Manitoba as a commissioned officer where he worked in municipal and provincial policing and was the officer in charge of Major Crimes Services and the acting Operational Support Services Branch officer for the entire province.

In 2004, he joined Adjudications Directorate in Ottawa as a permanent adjudicator and its director, chairing internal disciplinary hearings across the country. In 2008, he was assigned to the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti as the Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of operations, responsible for the activities of over 1,700 international police officers. During his stay, he led the UN police response to two weeks of rioting, four successive tropical storms and the collapse of a primary school which killed 93 children.

Upon his return from Haiti in January 2009, he worked as the Director of the Appropriate Officer Representative Directorate in charge of disciplinary prosecutions. In January 2010, following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, he was dispatched to locate, recover and repatriate the bodies of Sergeant Mark Gallagher and Chief Superintendent Doug Coates. In July 2010, he became the Employee-Management Relations Officer for the Atlantic Region, working out of Bedford. For a year prior to his appointment as Chief of Halifax Regional Police, he was the officer in charge of Halifax District RCMP. He also acted as the officer in charge of the RCMP National Ceremonial Troop with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 2011 and 2012.

Chief Blais has two degrees, one in political science and economics from McGill University and the other in law from Université Laval. He has also published several works on international and national police-related topics, having participated in, and won, several written article competitions. He has been decorated with medals by both the UN and the Government of Canada.

Chief Blais’ interests vary from reading and writing to cycling and hockey as a Hockey Canada Level III referee.

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Deputy Bill Moore

Bill Moore, O.O.M.   
Deputy Chief

Deputy Moore was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in March 2012.

Deputy Moore began his policing career with Dartmouth City Police in 1986. In his career, he has worked in many areas of policing including uniformed patrol operations, Criminal Investigations, Drug Enforcement, Financial Crimes, Information Technology, Human Resources and Criminal Intelligence/Organized Crime. Deputy Moore has worked closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on many joint operations and has served as Unit Commander in the Metro Integrated Intelligence Unit. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Police Executive Management Team as Superintendent, serving in a variety of areas including Integrated Emergency Services, Patrol, Support Services, Community Projects and Administration.

Deputy Moore holds Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dalhousie University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and is a graduate of the Institute of Strategic International Studies Program of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. He also holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Saint Mary’s University, and two Certificates from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been an instructor in the Police Leadership Program at Dalhousie University since 2000.

Deputy Moore is actively involved nationally through the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police as Co-Chair of the Information Technology Committee and the Radio Interoperability Subcommittee and the CACP representative on the Tri-Services Special Purpose Committee on Mission Critical 700 MHz Broadband for Public Safety Data. He has recently joined the National Public Safety Telecommunications Committee (NPSTC) committee as the CITIG representative and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Communications and Telecommunications Committee as the CACP representative. He is also a past member of the Police Statistics National Committee and the Canadian Police Information Center Governance Committee. Deputy Moore is also actively involved in his community; he recently served for more than two years as Chair of Athlete Services with the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax.

On May 24, 2013, Deputy Moore was was invested as an officer in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at a ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario hosted by His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnson, Governor General of Canada.


Supt. Robin McNeil

Superintendent Robin McNeil
Officer-in-Charge of the Patrol Division

Supt. McNeil was appointed to the role of Officer-in-Charge of the Patrol Division in April 2015.

Supt. McNeil began his career with the Halifax Police Department in 1989. During his career, Supt. McNeil has acquired a broad base of experience in both operations and administration, working in Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Casino Intelligence, Drugs, Fraud, and Community Relations/Crime Prevention. He has was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2009 and has served in a variety of areas including Community Projects, Administration, Support and Integrated Emergency Services. Most recently, he served as Central Divisional Commander.


Supt. Jim Perrin

Superintendent Jim Perrin
Officer-in-Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division

Supt. Perrin was appointed to the role of Officer-in-Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division in April 2015.

He began his policing career with Halifax Police Department in 1989. Since that time, he has worked in many areas of policing including Patrol, various Street Crime units, Major Crime, Drugs, and Professional Standards. Supt. Perrin was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in April 2009, serving first as West Divisional Commander before moving on to lead the Support Division in 2012 and the Criminal Investigation Division in 2013.

Supt. Perrin is also a 10-year member of the Emergency Response Team, an HRP Level 2 Critical Incident Commander and has been in charge HRP's Colour Guard since 2007.


Superintendent Brenda Young

Superintendent Brenda Young
Officer-in-Charge of Administration

Supt. Young was appointed to the role of Officer-in-Charge of Administration in April 2015.

After working with Toronto Police Service for two years, Supt. Young joined Halifax Police Department in 1991. Since that time, she as worked in many areas including Patrol, Media Relations, Vice Unit, Drug Unit, Training Section and Audit and Policy/Quality Assurance Section. Supt. Young is an instructor for M26 (EMD Weapon) and was the course coordinator for the 2007 Police Science Program.

Following her promotion to Superintendent in March 2011, Supt. Young was appointed the officer-in-charge of East Division which encompasses the former City of Dartmouth. Most recently, she served as the Superintendent of Corporate Services.

Supt. Young holds a a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours Degree from Dalhousie University.


Superintendent Colleen Kelly

Superintendent Colleen Kelly
Executive Officer

Supt. Kelly was appointed to the position of Executive Officer in April 2015.

Since joining Halifax Police Department in 1989, Supt. Kelly has worked in many areas of policing including Patrol, Vice and Drug Squad, Forensic Identification Section, and Integrated Criminal Operations Section. Supt. Kelly became the Team Leader for the Explosive Disposal Unit in 2004, the first female officer to assume this position in Canada.

In 2009, she became the first female officer to be promoted to the rank of Superintendent within Halifax Regional Police and has served in a variety of areas including Central Division, Support and Community Projects. Most recently, she served as East Divisional Commander.


Superintentdent Don MacLean

Superintendent Donald MacLean
Human Resources Officer

Supt. MacLean was appointed to the position of Human Resources Officer in April 2015.

Supt. MacLean began his policing career after graduating from the Halifax Police Department Visible Minority Cadet Class in 1993. He has spent the majority of his career in the Patrol and General Investigation Sections. He was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2009, becoming the first black commissioned officer in the history of HRP. He served as the East Divisional Commander until 2011 and most recently held the position of Executive Officer to the Chief.

Supt. Maclean has been heavily involved in efforts to create a diverse police force in HRM. He was Team Leader for the recruitment team from 2003-2007, and was appointed the first Halifax Regional Police Equity Diversity Officer in April 2004. In these roles, Supt. MacLean has developed and delivered extensive training in diversity related matters in the policing environment on a local, national and international basis.


Superintendent Sean Auld

Superintendent Sean Auld
Operational Planning Officer

Supt. Auld was appointed to the position of Operational Planning Officer in April 2015.

Supt. Auld began his police career with Halifax Police Department in 1989 before joining the Town of Bedford Police in 1990. He has a broad base of experience having worked in Patrol, General Investigation Section, Fraud Section, Drug Unit, Vice Unit, Audit and Policy/Quality Assurance Section. Following his promotion to the rank of Superintendent in 2011, he served as Central Divisional Commander before moving on to become the Superintendent of Operational Support.

Supt. Auld holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's University.


Insp. Jim Butler

Inspector Jim Butler
Information Management Officer

Inspector Butler was promoted to the rank of inspector in May 2015. His first assignment as an Inspector is as our first-ever Information Management Officer.

Inspector Butler graduated from the Atlantic Police Academy in 1991. He worked as a constable on patrol until 1998 when he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division, working in the Fraud and Drug sections until he returned to the shifts as a Sergeant in 2002.

In 2004, Inspector Butler moved to the newly established Quick Response Unit where he remained until his promotion to Staff Sergeant in 2005, at which point he assumed the role of Watch Commander. In 2009, he took over the Professional Standards until he was transferred to CID in 2010, where he remained until his promotion to Inspector.

Just some of Inspector Butler’s career highlights include the development of the Uptown Project which utilizes foot patrol, establishment of the Quick Response Unit and assisting in the implementation of the Guns & Gangs Unit.
Inspector Butler has been part of several committees and associations throughout his career, including the Recognition/Review Board, HRP Colour Guard and the Municipal Association of Police Personnel (now Halifax Regional Police Association), for which he served as a member of the executive from 1998 to 2001. He also served on the Public Safety Unit for 12 years, including two as Team Commander; the unit received a Chief’s Commendation in 2002 for their role in the G7 Summit.

Jim possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and has since completed many courses through Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University and the Canadian Police College.


Insp. Julia Cecchetto

Inspector Julia Cecchetto
West Divisional Commander

Inspector Cecchetto was promoted to the rank of Inspector in May 2015. Her first role at this rank is as Divisional Commander of West Division, serving Bedford through to Sambro Loop.

Inspector Cecchetto graduated from the Atlantic Police Academy in 1990. She began her career in patrol and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004 where she worked as a squad sergeant until 2006. She led the Community Relations & Crime Prevention (CR/CP) Unit from 2006-2009, after which she moved to the Training section as the Cadet Class Coordinator. In 2010, Inspector Cecchetto moved to CID where she remained until promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in December 2010. Over the next 4 years, Inspector Cecchetto held positions in Professional Standards, Support Operations and Training before being transferred to the Patrol Division in January 2015 as a Watch Commander.

During her time in CR/CP, Inspector Cecchetto was instrumental in the implementation of programs such as HRP’s Co-op Program for high school youth, the Seniors’ Safety Program, and the Junior Leader Program. She has participated on numerous boards and committees throughout her career, including Cops for Cancer, for which she received a Superintendent’s Compliment. Inspector Cecchetto also served on HRP’s Colour Guard for 13 years, both as both a member and coordinator.

Inspector Cecchetto has written for the Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement newsletter and has delivered various training sessions on diversity, ethics, workplace rights, human rights and leadership. She holds certificates from Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University and the Canadian Police College and has completed several credits towards a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University.


Insp. Lindsay Hernden

Inspector Lindsay Hernden
Central Divisional Commander

Inspector Hernden was promoted to the rank of Inspector in May 2015. His first role at this rank is as the Divisional Commander of Central Division, which encompasses Peninsular Halifax.

Inspector Hernden has 27 years of experience, having graduated from the in-house Police Science Program at Halifax Police Department in 1989. He worked as a Patrol Constable until he was transferred to the Training Section in 1999. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served on the shifts until 2006 when he was transferred to the Training Section. Inspector Hernden was instrumental in the development and implementation of many programs, including the Recruit Training Program, the HRP Block Training Program, the Emergency Response Team Basic Training Course and the Active Shooter Training Program.

In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and transferred to the Patrol Division in 2011 as a Watch Commander. In 2014, he moved to the Operational Support Division where he remained until his promotion to Inspector.
Inspector Hernden was a member of the Emergency Response Team for 22 years and has offered training to law enforcement agencies in the area of high-risk tactics and use of force and has also conducted use of force investigations in Atlantic Canada. He has been active on many committees, including the Canadian Police Knowledge Network and the Nova Scotia Use of Force Working Group.

Inspector Hernden holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from Dalhousie University and has completed further training at both Dalhousie University and the Canadian Police College. He has received two Superintendents’ Compliments, the Chief’s Meritorious Service Award and has recently been appointed a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.


Insp. Don Moser

Inspector Don Moser
East Divisional Commander

Inspector Moser was promoted to the rank of Inspector in May 2015. His first role at this rank is as the Divisional Commander of East Division, serving Dartmouth.

Inspector Moser began his policing career in 1992 and has over 23 years of experience in various roles within the organization. He spent his first 6 years as a Patrol Constable before moving to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked in both patrol and CID until 2011 when he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and transferred to Professional Standards. In 2012, Don became the first seconded HRP officer to the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) where he remained until January 2015 when he returned to Halifax Regional Police as a Watch Commander.

Inspector Moser served on the Emergency Response Team for 11 years, was appointed as an aide-de-camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and in November 2014 was named HRP’s first-ever Departmental Sergeant Major. He has also served on various committees, including the HRP Recognition Review Board, the Nova Scotia Fallen Peace Officers’ Memorial Committee and the Canadian Association of Police Ceremonial Units.

Inspector Moser is a graduate of Dalhousie University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and has subsequently received certificates from both Dalhousie University and the Canadian Police College. He was a co-recipient of HRP’s Investigator of the Year Award, has been awarded a Superintendents’ Compliment, an HRM Director’s Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Insp. Reid McCoombs

Inspector Reid McCoombs
Patrol Support Officer

Inspector McCoombs has 27 years of experience, having graduated from the in-house Police Science Program at Halifax Police Department in 1989. He worked as a Patrol Constable until he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Section in 1998 working in both the GIS and Vice sections.

Inspector McCoombs was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2001 and returned to Patrol Division as a shift supervisor. In 2004 he was transferred to the Court Section as the supervisor and played a key role in the expansion of the section and the introduction of Versadex in the court process.

In 2006 he returned to the Criminal Investigation Division as unit supervisor in the Fraud, GIS and Drug sections. Inspector McCoombs was promoted to Staff Sergeant in 2010 and returned to patrol as a Watch Commander. In 2015 he was seconded to the Serious Incident Response Team.

During his career Inspector McCoombs has been involved with numerous associations and committees including 9 years on the Emergency Response Team, a member of the National Mass Marketing Working Group, a member of the HRP Diversity Action Team and the HRP Colour Guard to name a few. He is also still currently one of the HRP Public Safety Unit Commanders and a Level 2 Critical Incident Commander.

Inspector McCoombs has coordinated and instructed Criminal Investigation Training with the HRP Police Science program as well as being one of the HRP’s workplace rights instructors.

Inspector McCoombs holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University as well as numerous courses from Dalhousie University and the Canadian Police College.