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.
Follow Chief Kinsella on Twitter.
Deputy Chief Don MacLean
Deputy Chief Don MacLean began his policing career in 1993 and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Operations, a position he has held since April 2020. He oversees both the patrol and criminal investigation divisions.
Prior to serving as Deputy Chief, he was the Superintendent of the Patrol Division. He also served as the first Diversity Officer for Halifax Regional Police from 2004-2006 and went on to become the Executive Officer to the Chief and later the Human Resources Officer.
A lifelong resident of Halifax, Deputy Chief MacLean serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for St. John Ambulance NS/PEI Council, is an active member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police as well as on the Board of Directors for Phoenix Youth. He’s also a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Kings College and has previously received an appointment as an Honorary Aide-De-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
He 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.
Deputy Chief Reid McCoombs
Deputy Chief Reid McCoombs began his policing career in 1989 and currently oversees the Support function that includes Administration, Finance, HR & Training and Information Technology. Prior to that, he served as the Superintendent of Administration.
In his career lasting over three decades, Deputy Chief McCoombs served in frontline and supervisory capacities in patrol, criminal investigations, and administration, as well in his role as Inspector, he was the officer-in charge of Human Resources and Training. He worked on a secondment with the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) and was a member of the Emergency Response Team, commanded the Public Safety Unit and remains an active Critical Incident Commander.
Deputy Chief McCoombs is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Education, Training and Professional Development committees. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management) from Saint Mary’s University along with numerous courses from Dalhousie University and the Canadian Police College.
Superintendent Andrew Matthews
Superintendent Andrew Matthews joined Halifax Regional Police in 1999 and currently serves as the Superintendent, Criminal Investigation Division, a position he has held since April 2020. He oversees 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.
Superintendent Matthews previously served as the Information Management Officer and held various operational positions in the patrol and the criminal investigation divisions where he supervised sexualized violence investigations and went on to become a Watch Commander. He was a member of the Public Safety Unit for 10 years and has coordinated the Critical Incident Command program for Halifax Regional Police.
He has been a member of several committees and associations, most notably the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. He has a Certificate in Police Service Delivery from Dalhousie University and has also completed many courses through the Canadian Police College.
Superintendent Greg Mason
Superintendent Greg Mason began his career in policing in 1990 and currently serves as the Superintendent, Patrol Division, a position he has held since April 2020. 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 has also previously served in a range of positions with general investigations, homicide, forensics, VICE, internet child exploitation and investigative support operations. He also served as officer-in-charge of Professional Standards Division and as Bureau Director with the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia (CNISNS). In 2015, he took on the role of Watch Commander. He is a former member and coordinator of Halifax Regional Police’s Disposal Unit and is currently a Critical Incident Commander.
Superintendent Mason 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. He holds two certificates from Dalhousie University and several courses from the Canadian Police College.
Superintendent Dean Simmonds
Superintendent Dean Simmonds began his law enforcement career in 1997 and currently serves as the officer-in-charge of Support, a position he has held since November 2019. He oversees information management and support operations including traffic, prisoner care and ports/aviation security.
Before joining Halifax Regional Police, he was a community constable with the RCMP. He joined HRP in 2001 and was named Cadet of the Year in his first year of service with HRP. In 2007, he was honoured as Police Officer of the Year. Prior to his role as Superintendent, Support, he worked in many operational and investigative units including guns and gangs, special enforcement and community response and crime prevention. He also served as the Diversity Equity Officer between 2008 and 2012.
Superintendent Simmonds has continued to expand his professional development through programs from Dalhousie University, Hensen College and the Simon Wiesethal Center. He continues to play a leadership role in developing and implementing various workshops and training programs with a focus on promoting diversity, workplace equity, human rights and leadership.
He has served as a member of HRP Strategic Planning Team, HRP/RCMP Integrated Cultural Diversity Committee and Race Relation Advisory Committee in the past. 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.
Superintendent Colleen Kelly
Superintendent Colleen Kelly began her policing career in 1989 and currently is the Divisional Commander of East and West divisions, a position she has held since January 2020. In this role, she is responsible for the day-to-day police operations for Dartmouth as well as the communities from Fariview through to Bedford, the Sambro Loop and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
Prior to her current role, she was Executive Officer to the Chief of Police. Superintendent Kelly worked in many areas of policing throughout her career including patrol, VICE, drugs, forensic identification and criminal operations. She became the team leader in the Explosive Disposal Unit in 2004, the first woman to assume this position in Canada.
In 2009, she became the first woman 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.
She is a current member of the Halifax Regional Police Recognition Board and a member of the Victims of Crime Committee for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). She studied at Saint Mary’s University and received several certifications from the Canadian Police College.
Inspector Richard Lane
Inspector Richard Lane began his policing career in 1990 and currently provides divisional leadership, as second in command, to the Criminal Investigation Division, a position he has held since January 2020.
Prior to joining Halifax Regional Police, he began his career as a patrol officer with the Wolfville Police Department. As a member of HRP, he’s worked in a variety of units throughout his career including Community Relations Crime Prevention, Divisional Commander for East and West patrol, Special Enforcement Section, Special Investigation Section, and in 2011 he became one of the first Intrusion Commanders for HRP, doing covert installations.
Inspector Lane has been a member of many committees and boards including the Diversity Action Team and Recognition Review Board. He is also the recipient of a live-saving medal from the Most Vulnerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. He holds a Criminology Certificate from Saint Mary’s University and several other administration and leadership certificates from both Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University.
Inspector Stephanie Carlisle
Inspector Stephanie Carlisle began her policing career in 1999 and currently provides divisional leadership, as second in command, to the Administration Division, a position she has held since January 2020. In this role she oversees various administration functions including training, wellness and facilities.
Prior to her current role, she worked as both an officer and supervisor for the patrol and criminal investigation divisions. She served as a community officer, school response officer, member of the recruitment and diversity teams, Public Safety Unit, the first female member of the Traffic Unit and served as Watch Commander. While in the Criminal Investigation Division, she was an investigator and supervisor with the Sexual Assault Investigative Team (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.
Inspector Carlisle has a Bachelor of Recreation Administration from Dalhousie University.
Inspector David Boon
Inspector David Boon joined Halifax Regional Police in 1995 and is currently the Central Divisional Commander, a position he has held since January 2020. He is responsible for the day-to-day police operations for Halifax.
Prior to joining HRP, he served four years with the Kentville Police Service. Throughout his career, he has been assigned to various positions in the patrol and criminal investigation divisions, including Emergency Response Team (ERT), General Investigation Section, Sexual Assault Investigative Team (SAIT) and Homicide. He was awarded Investigator of the Year in both 2006 and 2010. He was selected as NCO in charge of the Aviation Security Unity and took over armed response to pre-board alarms at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. He was assigned to Watch Commander and is also a Critical Incident Commander.
Inspector Carolyn Nichols
Inspector Carolyn Nichols began her law enforcement career in 1999 and currently serves as the Support Divisional Commander, a position she has held since January 2020. She is responsible for the operations of several operational units including Prisoner Care Facility, Traffic, Community Relations and Crime Prevention, Ports and the Aviation Security Unit.
She previously worked as an officer and supervisor in the Patrol Division where she was the sergeant-in-charge of the Traffic Unit and served as Watch Commander. She was also 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 became the first woman to join the Integrated Underwater Recovery Team.
Inspector Nichols completed numerous 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 the Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement (AWLE) and served as the AWLE president from 2014-2019.
Inspector Greg Robertson
Inspector Robertson started his career with Halifax Regional Police in 1998 and currently serves as the Information Management Officer, a position he has held since April 2020.
In his current role he oversees Integrated Emergency Services, courts, records and traffic support services. Prior to joining HRP, he worked with Nova Scotia Department of Justice Correctional Services division for six years. Inspector Robertson is experienced in many aspects of policing including roles in the criminal investigation division, professional standards office and has served as a Watch Commander. Inspector Robertson regularly collaborates with partner agencies in his role as lead Incident Commander for Ground Search and Rescue and has represented HRP at several ICS exercises.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s University, Post-Bachelor Criminal Justice courses from Simon Fraser University, Business Administration courses from Mount Saint Vincent University and Police Leadership courses from Dalhousie University.
Inspector Derrick Boyd
Inspector Derrick Boyd started his career with Halifax Regional Police in 1998 and currently is the officer-in-charge of Professional Standards Division, a position he has held since April 2020.
His past roles have included overseeing the records section, acting Watch Commander, patrol supervisor and overseeing investigative teams in the Integrated General Investigation Section and Specialized Investigation Section.
Inspector Boyd has led major files and led operational planning for a number of high-profile events including the Air Canada crash and major crime investigations. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University.
Neera Ritcey joined Halifax Regional Police in 2017, and currently serves as the Divisional Manager for HRP’s Corporate Affairs Division. In this role, Neera provides integrated leadership for HRP’s various strategic organizational functions, including, corporate communications, public information and education, policy development, research and planning while providing support for key organizational initiatives aligned with HRP’s 10-year strategic plan.
With a professional career in a variety of roles in public, private and non-profit sectors, Neera brings extensive experience and history of working with diverse audiences in complex, multi-jurisdictional regulatory and policy environments. Before joining HRP, she held progressive roles in the corporate sector with Nova Scotia Power and Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA) in Halifax, where she held positions encompassing corporate communications, public engagement as well as investor relations functions. Prior to that, she spent nearly seven years working with the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a variety of roles.
Neera currently volunteers her time as a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; as a member of CACP’s National Strategic Communications Working Group, and, as an Advisory Board Member for the Salvation Army - Maritime Division. 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 from the Ivey Business School - University of Western Ontario. Neera holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Panjab University in India.
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.
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.