Chief Daniel J. Kinsella, M.O.M.
Serving as Chief of Police since July 1, 2019, Chief Dan Kinsella leads Halifax Regional Police, Atlantic Canada’s largest municipal police service.
Chief Kinsella has 33 years of experience in policing and management, and, served as Deputy Chief with Hamilton Police Service (HPS) prior to his current role as Chief. Working with national and provincial law enforcement partners, Chief Kinsella acted as HPS’ command lead for multi-jurisdictional investigations and major case management, including, homicide, provincial internet child exploitation, human trafficking, fraud, drug and weapons investigations and traditional organized crime investigations.
Chief Kinsella is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the FBI National Academy (FBINA). He serves on the Canadian Police College Advisory Board and is Past President of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) New York State/Eastern Canada Chapter Board. He is also a life member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).
Committed to the philosophy and concept of community-based policing, Chief Kinsella recognizes that strong, sustained community partnerships are integral to effective crime prevention for a healthy and safe community. As part of that, he believes in maintaining a visible presence in the community and actively supporting local and city-wide events. Throughout his career, he has supported activities that help bridge relationships; celebrate and honour community builders; promote a shared dialogue, good citizenship, fairness and respect for each other.
His contributions to community initiatives include his advocacy, volunteerism and service as President of the John Howard Society Board of Directors, representing Hamilton, Burlington and area, as well as, Chair and member of the Banyan Community Services Board of Directors. Chief Kinsella was a member of the Aboriginal Committee and the Women’s Services Advisory Committee and volunteered as Director with HPS “Project Concern”- an in-house community outreach program.
In September 2018, Chief Kinsella was part of a cycling ride team of 170 law enforcement and police officers from across Canada who participated in the Canadian Police Memorial Ride to Remember 700 km ride from the Ontario Police College in Aylmer to the National Police & Peace Officers' Memorial in Ottawa.
Chief Kinsella was invested as a member of the Governor General’s Order of Merit of the Police Forces for distinguished policing, community and public service. In recognition of his commitment to policing and the community, he has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. As a member of the Pan Am Games Team, he received the Hamilton City Manager's Award for Hamilton Public Service Excellence.
Chief Kinsella is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Rotman School of Business. He holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from American Military University and a Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies from McMaster University.
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Superintendent Don MacLean
Superintendent Don MacLean is the officer-in-charge of the Patrol Division, a position he has held since May 2017. He oversees all uniformed operations, including specialized teams such as emergency response, crowd control, community policing as well as the mounted, traffic, marine and the aviation security units.
He began his policing career in 1993 and served as the first Diversity Officer for Halifax Regional Police from 2004-2006. As a member of the Executive Management Team, he also served as a Divisional Commander, Executive Officer to the Chief. Prior to his appointment to officer-in-charge of the Patrol Division, he served as the Human Resources Officer.
A life-long resident of Halifax, Superintendent MacLean serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for St. John Ambulance NS/PEI Council as well as on the Board of Directors for the Community Justice Society and Africville Heritage Trust. He’s also a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Kings College and has received an appointment as an Honorary Aide-De-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. He’s an active member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, chairing the Professional Standards Committee.
Superintendent MacLean attended the University of King’s College and has continued his education through Saint Mary’s University Executive and Professional Development, Dalhousie College of Continuing Education, Canadian Police College and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
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Superintendent Reid McCoombs
Superintendent Reid McCoombs is the officer-in-charge of Administration. He oversees human resources, training, finance, fleet and information management.
He began his policing career in 1989. He has served in patrol, criminal investigations and administration as both an officer and supervisor, and worked on secondment with the Serious Incident Response Team. He was a member of the Emergency Response Team, commanded the Public Safety Unit and remains an active Critical Incident Commander. Prior to his appointment as the officer-in-charge of the Administration Division, he served as the officer-in-charge of Human Resources and Training.
Superintendent McCoombs is a current member of The Canadian Association of Chief’s of Police Education, Training and Professional Development Committee.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) from Saint Mary’s University along with numerous courses from Dalhousie University and the Canadian Police College.
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Superintendent James Butler
Superintendent James Butler is the officer-in-charge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, which encompasses all investigative units – general investigations, homicide and cold case, sexual assault, drugs, guns and gangs, missing persons – as well as various support units, including forensic identification, digital forensics, criminal intelligence and crime analysis.
He joined Halifax Police Department in 1992, serving in various operational positions in both the patrol and criminal investigation divisions. As he was promoted through the ranks, he served as Watch Commander, was responsible for Professional Standards and, within the Criminal Investigation Division, he was the NCO-in-charge of special enforcement, general investigations and special investigations. He also served as the police service’s first-ever Information Management Officer. Prior to his appointment as the officer-in-charge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, he served as the Operations Support Officer.
Superintendent Butler has been part of several committees and associations throughout his career, including the Colour Guard and the Municipal Association of Police Personnel (now Halifax Regional Police Association), for which he served as a member of the executive for three years. He also served on the Public Safety Unit for 12 years, including two as team commander.
He has also been actively involved as a parent, supporting his children’s endeavours in baseball, paddling and swimming. He served on the club executive of the swim team as well as an official during swim meets.
Superintendent Butler possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and has also completed many courses through Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University and the Canadian Police College.
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Superintendent Dean Simmonds
Superintendent Dean Simmonds began his law enforcement career in 1997, serving as a community constable with the RCMP. Determined to dedicate his life to serving the community, he accepted a position with Halifax Regional Police in 2001.
Superintendent Simmonds was named Cadet of the Year in his first year and was subsequently honoured as Police Officer of the Year in 2007. He has worked in many operational and investigative units including the Guns and Gangs Unit of the Special Enforcement Section and the Community Response Crime Prevention Unit. Also, he served as the Diversity Equity Officer between 2008 and 2012
He has been recognized as instrumental in multiple complex homicide and human trafficking investigations, particularly for uncovering pivotal intelligence through his criminal knowledge and interviewing expertise. Superintendent Simmonds is often sought out by outside agencies that recognize his unique knowledge and skill-set.
Superintendent Simmonds is committed to expanding his professional development by completing programs through Dalhousie University, Hensen College and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He continues to have a major leadership role in developing and implementing various workshops and training programs on diversity, workplace equity, human rights and leadership.
Superintendent Simmonds has served as a member of HRP Strategic Planning Team, HRP/RCMP Integrated Cultural Diversity Committee, and Race Relation Advisory Committee for the past eight years. He is also a board member of Basketball Nova Scotia. He continues to remain a dedicated community member both personally and professionally and is active in the community, providing mentorship programs and community lead initiatives focusing on diversity and leadership.
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Superintendent Colleen Kelly
Superintendent Colleen Kelly is the Executive Officer to the Chief of Police, a position she has held since 2015. She oversees professional standards, internal oversight, policy and business initiatives, and holds the role of disciplinary officer.
She began her policing career in 1989 and has worked in many areas of policing, including patrol, vice, drugs, forensic identification and criminal operations. Superintendent 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 and has served in a variety of areas including Central and East divisions, support and community projects.
Superintendent Kelly is chair of the Halifax Regional Police Recognition Board and a member of the Victims of Crime Committee for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. She has studied at St. Mary’s University and has received several certifications from the Canadian Police College.
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Inspector Richard Lane
Inspector Richard Lane is in his 28th year of policing, having begun his career as a patrol officer at the Wolfville Police Department in 1990. He is currently Divisional Commander of Halifax Regional Police East Division. In this role, he’s responsible for the day-to-day police operations for Dartmouth.
Inspector Lane served two years in Wolfville before joining the Bedford Police Department in 1992. Soon after the inauguration of Halifax Regional Police in 1996, Inspector Lane became part of its Criminal Investigation Division, achieving the rank of Sergeant in 2001.
Since that time, Inspector Lane served in the Community Relations and Crime Prevention Section for three years, during which time he was promoted to Staff Sergeant before becoming Divisional Commander of Halifax Regional Police West Division. He returned to the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division in 2007 as Staff Sergeant-in-Charge of the Special Enforcement Section, moving on to become the Staff Sergeant-in-charge of the Special Investigation Section in 2010. In December 2011, he became one of the first Intrusion Commanders for Halifax Regional Police, doing covert installations.
Inspector Lane has been a member of many committees and boards including The Diversity Action Team and The Recognition Review Board. He is also the recipient of a life-saving medal from the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.
Inspector Lane holds a Criminology Certificate from Saint Mary’s University and several other administration and leadership certificates from Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities.
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Inspector Andrew Matthews
Inspector Andrew Matthews serves as the police service’s Information Management Officer. In this role, he oversees Integrated Emergency Services (9-1-1 Public Service Answering Point and dispatch centre for Halifax Regional Police, Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Service), police technology, courts, records and traffic support services. He’s also responsible for managing the police records management system, the police radio system and the third-party contract with Commissionaires Nova Scotia.
He joined Halifax Regional Police in 1999 after graduating from the Atlantic Police Academy and serving for a short stint with the Truro Police Service. Since then he has been assigned to various operational positions in the Patrol Division as well as the Criminal Investigation Division where he supervised sexualized violence investigations for over three years.
In 2005, Inspector Matthews traveled to the Gambia as part of the team that provided training in community policing and restorative justice to the Gambian National Police through a partnership between Mount Saint Vincent University, the Nova Scotia Gambian Association and Halifax Regional Police. Prior to his appointment to as Information Management Officer, he was served as a Watch Commander in the Patrol Division.
Inspector Matthews was a member of the Public Safety Unit for 10 years and is currently coordinating the Critical Incident Command program for HRP. He has served on several committees and associations, most notably the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
Inspector Matthews possesses a Certificate in Police Service Delivery from Dalhousie University and has also completed many courses through the Canadian Police College.
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Inspector Stephanie Carlisle
Inspector Stephanie Carlisle is the Divisional Commander of Halifax Regional Police West Division. In this role, she’s responsible for the day-to-day police operations of the communities from Fairview through to Bedford as well as the Sambro Loop and at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
She began her law enforcement career in 1999 after graduating from the Department of Justice/Halifax Regional Police Science Program in 1998. During her time in the Patrol Division, Inspector Carlisle worked in several sections including the Community Relations and Crime Prevention Section as a School Response Officer and Community Program Officer. She was also a member of the recruitment and diversity teams, Public Safety Unit and the first female member of the Traffic Unit. She transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division in 2007 where she was an investigator with the Sexual Assault Investigative Team (SAIT). While in SAIT, she was a member of the Child Youth Advocacy Centre steering committee and an instructor of the Trauma Informed Response to Sexualized Violence course.
She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 and assigned to the Patrol Division where she was a supervisor for four years. In 2015, she transferred back to the Criminal Investigation Division as one of the Sergeants in charge of SAIT. She achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2017 and was assigned to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander.
Inspector Carlisle holds a Bachelor of Recreation Administration from Dalhousie University.
Inspector Greg Mason
Inspector Greg Mason is currently seconded to the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia (CNISNS) as the Bureau Director. CISNS, which is administered by the RCMP, is responsible for the collection, collation and analysis of intelligence relating to Organized Crime and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. CISNS has Intelligence Officers across the province who work with analysts and law enforcement partners to produce a provincial threat assessment which is used in the creation of the national threat assessment.
He began his career in policing in 1990, serving in a range of positions at Halifax Regional Police, as well as its predecessor agency, Halifax Police Department, including roles with the General Investigation Section, Homicide Unit, Forensic Identification Section and Investigative Support Operations.
Inspector Mason served as a Forensic Identification Specialist in 2004 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005. He went on to be the Sergeant in charge of the VICE, Internet Child Exploitation and Digital Forensics Units and then returned to the Forensic Identification Section as the Sergeant in 2011. After being promoted to Staff Sergeant in 2015, he took on the role of Watch Commander before transferring to the position of Detective Sergeant in charge of the Investigative Support Operations division of CID.
Inspector Mason holds two certificates from Dalhousie University and several courses from the Canadian Police College. He is a former member and coordinator of the Halifax Regional Police Explosive Disposal Unit as well as the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Explosives (CBRNE) team, and is currently a Critical Incident Commander.
He has volunteered for several years for local amateur sports including coaching minor hockey along with ringette, and serving in board of director roles with amateur sporting organizations.
Inspector Carolyn Nichols
Inspector Carolyn Nichols is the police service’s Support Divisional Commander. She is responsible for the operations of several operational units including Prisoner Care Facility, Traffic Unit, Community Relations and Crime Prevention, Ports and the Aviation Security Unit.
She began her law enforcement career in 1999 with Halifax Regional Police after graduating from the Police Science Program at Holland College. She went on to work patrol until 2005 when she was seconded to Criminal Intelligence Service Nova Scotia where she was a Criminal Intelligence Analyst. She was then transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division where she worked as a Crime Analyst. She also became the first female member of the Integrated Underwater Recovery Team.
She was promoted to Sergeant in 2013 and assigned to the Patrol Division where she was a supervisor for four years. She then became the Sergeant in Charge of the Traffic Support Division. In 2018, she was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant where she worked as a Patrol Watch Commander and then in the Support Division.
Inspector Nichols has completed a number of professional courses with the Canadian Police College and Dalhousie University, where she completed the Certificate in Police Leadership. She has also been involved in the mentoring and leadership training of women as an active member of Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement (AWLE) and served as the AWLE President from 2014-2019.
Inspector David Boon
Inspector David Boon joined Halifax Regional Police in 1995 after serving four years with the Kentville Police Service. He is currently assigned to the role of Central Divisional Commander and is responsible for the day-to-day police operations for Halifax.
Throughout his career, he has been assigned to various positions in the Patrol Division as well as the Criminal Investigation Division including Emergency Response Team (ERT), General Investigation Section, Sexual Assault Investigative Team (SAIT) and Homicide. He was awarded the Investigator of the Year award in 2006 and 2010.
Inspector Boon was promoted to Sergeant in 2009 and returned to patrol operations as a Central Division Supervisor until 2014. He then went back to Criminal Investigation Division for two years. In April 2016, Inspector Boon was selected as the NCO in charge of the Aviation Security Unit and took over the armed response to pre-board alarms at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in September 2017 and from 2018-2020 he was assigned to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander. Inspector Boon is also a Critical Incident Commander.
Dr. Chris Giacomantonio
Chris has been the Research Coordinator since 2016. His role is to improve decision-making through the strategic use of research evidence and the promotion of research literacy at Halifax Regional Police. He is also the Atlantic Regional Coordinator for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing and acts as a point of contact for academics and other researchers.
Prior to joining Halifax Regional Police, Chris worked as a Senior Analyst with the European offices of the RAND Corporation, a not-for-profit policy research institute based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. While in this role, he conducted research for UK-based institutions including the College of Policing, Association of Chief Police Officers, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and European Commission.
Chris holds a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Oxford, a Master of Arts in sociology from Dalhousie and a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from Simon Fraser University. He has previously had research funded by major granting councils and awards in the UK, US and Canada, and has published peer-reviewed research on a range of topics including policing, violence prevention and public financing models. He has also published a book on integrated policing in Canada, which was the topic of his doctoral research.
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Neera Ritcey serves as the Public Relations and Communications Manager for Halifax Regional Police. Her role includes leading HRP’s external and internal communication strategies, providing strategic counsel to the organization, fostering community relationships and communicating the priorities of the police service to its citizens.
Neera brings extensive experience in integrated communications, stakeholder engagement and media relations to this role. Before joining HRP, she held progressive roles at Nova Scotia Power and Emera Inc. where she led a variety of communications initiatives involving both traditional and digital media audiences as well as diverse stakeholder, professional and community groups. Neera spent nearly seven years working with the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, starting as a Constituency Assistant and progressing to the role of Press Secretary to the Leader of BC’s Official Opposition Caucus.
Neera holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Relations (with Honours) from Humber College in Toronto. She has completed the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program with the Ivey Business School at Western University. Neera holds a bachelor of arts and a master of arts from Panjab University in India.
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Andrew Kozma joined Halifax Regional Police in the newly-created role of Chief Information Security Officer in June 2018. Andrew brings to this role extensive experience in cybersecurity as well as network and security infrastructure design and implementation with leading public and private sector organizations. He has a proven track record of delivering solutions while leveraging Six Sigma methodologies across a wide range of organizations and technical environments. In addition to his professional roles, Andrew is a founding board member of the Atlantic Security Conference, an annual event that helps bring together professionals from the cyber-security sector in Halifax. He also volunteers his time with the Halifax Area Security Klatch. He has earned a variety of IT systems security and CISCO certifications and is a certified Six Sigma Project Methodologies Green Belt.
The CISO is a key role within HRP’s leadership team. As the field of IT security and delivery evolves, HRP has an obligation to demonstrate leadership in its adoption of digital technologies as well as in our approaches to identify, respond to and prevent crime. The hiring of Andrew as HRP’s CISO is another step in that direction. Through his knowledge of cyber-security principles, project management experience as well as network security threat assessment and architecture planning expertise, he is responsible for developing HRP’s strategic view of IT service delivery, security and operations. He also acts as HRP’s senior IT resource as well as liaison for IT related matters with Halifax Regional Municipality and various partner agencies.