Halifax Regional Police was formed in April 1996 when the police departments of Halifax, Dartmouth, and Bedford were dissolved and merged into one police service with the creation of the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The organization has a long and proud history of serving the citizens of Halifax, dating back to 1864 when the Halifax Police Department was formally established, although the area has had some form of policing since it was first settled in 1749.
Halifax Regional Police historical records
Halifax Regional Police’s historical records are held by the Municipal Archives. Along with charge books, court record books and police chiefs’ records, there is a wonderful series of over 700 photographs dating from 1864–2004. Some of these photos are available as an online exhibit, or you can see the whole collection at the Municipal Archives.
Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty
The following officers are forever remembered for losing their lives in the line of duty.
Constable Matthew Gardner
Halifax Police Day Watch
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Killed in the line of duty on November 5, 1861, at the age of 45.
Cst. Gardner was Halifax's first police officer killed in the line of duty. He was fatally stabbed aboard the schooner “Shooting Star” while trying to apprehend a suspect.