COVID-19

Halifax Regional Police has been working closely with key partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we collectively act to curb the spread of COVID-19, the health and safety of citizens and our employees is our primary concern.

We want to assure you that we will continue to provide effective policing services while implementing precautionary measures based on the advice of health officials to protect the well being of our community.

What you can do

Educate yourself and others on the measures ordered by Nova Scotia Government & Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

If you're aware of someone not following directions, have a conversation with them – they may need help.

If a call to police is needed, do not call 911. Call 902.490.5020

More information on reporting crime and contacting police.

Service Updates

Last updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2020

Halifax Regional Police Facilities Status

Building Address Status
Building Address Status
Police Headquarters 1975 Gottingen Street, Halifax Open with special conditions (see service level changes below)
Central Divisional Office 1975 Gottingen Street, Halifax Open with special conditions (see service level changes below)
East Divisional Office 7 Mellor Avenue, Dartmouth Closed to walk-in traffic. Call 902.490.2570 to speak with office staff.
West Divisional Office 15 Convoy Run, Bedford Closed to walk-in traffic. Call 902.490.5200 or 902.490.6578 to speak with office staff.
Criminal Investigation Division 50 Garland Avenue, Dartmouth Closed to walk-in traffic. Call the investigator assigned to your case.
Spryfield Community Office 246 Herring Cove Road Closed
Community Offices Multiple locations Closed


Service adjustments

To help curb the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented preventative measures to limit the number of visitors to our facilities. 

Adjustments have been made to the following in-person services:

Criminal record and vulnerable sector checks

You can apply for a criminal record check or vulnerable sector check from Halifax Regional Police:

  • online
  • in-person Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Halifax Regional Police Headquarters, 1975 Gottingen Street, Halifax. We ask that you follow the posted safety measures prior to entering the building.

Note: with the exception of Halifax Regional Headquarters, all of our facilities remain closed to walk-in traffic as a preventative measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.

More information on criminal record checks and vulnerable sector checks.

Fingerprints for vulnerable sector checks

You can have your fingerprints taken for the purpose of a vulnerable sector check in-person Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Halifax Regional Police Headquarters, 1975 Gottingen Street, Halifax.

We ask that you follow the posted safety measures prior to entering the building. 

Note: with the exception of Halifax Regional Headquarters, all of our facilities remain closed to walk-in traffic as a preventative measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

More information on vulnerable sector checks.

Motor vehicle collision reporting

This service is not available in-person. To report a motor vehicle collision:

Send an email to hrpsot@halifax.ca. In your email you must provide a phone number you can be reached at as well as the date, time, location and a brief description of the collision.

Allow three business days for Traffic Support Services to create your report and we will call you with a General Occurrence Number required by your insurance company. 

If you have any questions, call Traffic Support Services – Collision Section, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 902.490.3868 or 902.490.8419.

Seized property

In an effort to reduce the number of people entering our facilities  we have suspended the returning of property. The only exception is for items that are of immediate necessity for an individual, such as wallet with ID, or passports.

For more information call our general information number at 902-490-5016.

Seized vehicles

This service is not available in-person. To have your seized vehicle released:

Send an email to hrpsot@halifax.ca. Be sure to include your contact number. 

Questions or issues: Call 902.490.5404 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or 902-490-5020 after hours.

Summary offence ticket withdrawals for no driver’s license or no insurance offences 

This service is not available in-person. To request a withdrawal of a summary offence ticket for no driver’s license or no insurance offences:

Send an email containing to hrpsot@halifax.ca. In your email, be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached

Allow three business days for Traffic Support Services to call you with an update on the status of your withdrawal request. 

Note: Only SOTs for Sections 230(1) and 64 of the Motor Vehicle Act may be withdrawn

If you have any questions, please call Traffic Support Services – SOT Section, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at either 902.490.3906 or 902.490.4279.

Frequently asked questions

Preventing domestic and intimate partner violence

Q. I want to do my part to flatten the curve by staying at home, but my domestic situation is unsafe for me and my children. What should I do?

A. Halifax Regional Police works collaboratively with community service providers to help victims and their children get to safety and access the supports they need to move forward in their lives. We want to assure you these supports are available during the pandemic. You shouldn’t feel that you and your children have to stay at home if it’s not safe for you to do so.

We are here to help:

  • Call 911 if your immediate safety is at risk. Just in case you’re not able to call 911 yourself, consider:
    • Telling a trusted friend, neighbour or relative about the situation and creating a code word or signal for when you need them to call police on your behalf.
    • Teach your children how to make a 911 call.
  • Call 902.490.5020 if you would like to have an officer follow up with you in relation to your situation. We will work with you to connect in a way that best protects your safety.
  • Call 902-490-5300 to connect with Halifax Regional Police Victim Services for advice and support. Visit https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/police/programs-services/victim-services-halifax for more information on Victim Services.
  • Call 211 or visit https://ns.211.ca/ for a list of services and supports in your area.
Q. What should I do if I suspect someone I know is a victim of intimate partner violence?

A. In these times of physical distancing and self-isolation, it’s more important than ever to stay connected with family, neighbours, co-workers and friends.

If you suspect someone you know is the victim of intimate partner violence or domestic abuse:

  • Call 911 if you believe their safety is at immediate risk.
  • Offer to be their ‘lifeline’ – the person they contact with a code word if they need police to be called. Call 911 immediately if the word is used.
  • Be compassionate, supportive and non-judgmental. Victims stay in abusive relationships out of fear, financial insecurity or dependence, a lack of support, a hope for change, and the belief that they have no other choice. Many victims feel ashamed of their situation and often hide it for months—or even years—because they have been told it is their fault. 
  • Educate yourself on domestic and intimate partner abuse. Domestic abuse and intimate partner violence occur more often than we might think. It affects people in all communities, and of all races, genders, sexual orientation, cultures, ages, and income levels. It can encompass verbal abuse, emotional abuse, or physical or sexual violence, and can include stalking, harassment, physical, emotional, or economic threats, including threats to children, pets and property. It is not the victim’s fault.

    More information on domestic and intimate partner violence.

 

General 

Q. What are the penalties for violating provincial emergency directives?

A. Under the state of emergency, police are authorized to enforce orders under the Emergency Management Act and the Health Protection Act. Multiple fines can be given if an individual or business fails to comply with provincial emergency directives.

Emergency Management Act 
EMA 23 - Obstructing the Minister, a municipality, the Department of Justice, a committee or any other person (specify) ($697.50)
EMA 23(b) - Failing to comply with direction, order or requirement made under act/regulations ($697.50)
EMA 23(a) - Failure to comply with Act/any regulations ($582.50)
EMA 16 - Charging high prices than the fair market value during a state of emergency ($582.50)

Health Protection Act 
HPA 71(1)(a) - Corporation failing to comply with part I of act or regulations or with order made under part of the act (Specify) ($7,500)  
HPA 71(1)(b) - Person failing to comply with part 1 of act or regulations or with order made under part of act (Specify) ($2,000)

Q. What should I do if a person or business isn’t following provincial emergency directives?

A. If you’re aware of someone who isn’t following provincial direction, talk to them first – they may need help. If you need to report the matter to police, do not call 911. Call the non-emergency HRP line at 902-490-5020.

Q. How are police going to enforce social distancing measures?

A. We will be responding to calls from citizens and officers will be patrolling high traffic areas to ensure citizens and businesses are complying with provincial emergency directives.

With the enactment of the State of Emergency for Nova Scotia, we strongly advise all members of the public to educate themselves on the directives and new enforcement measures at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Q. What should I do if I'm contacted by someone trying to fund raise, sell or provide products/services associated to COVID-19?

A. Unfortunately, there are people who are exploiting COVID-19 to commit financial and cybercrimes.

We remind you to be extra vigilant and not provide any money or financial or personal information until you have verified the legitimacy of the person or the organization they claim to represent. You can access reliable and updated information on COVID-19 from the Nova Scotia GovernmentNova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Government of Canada.

Call police at 902.490.5016 if you've lost money or your identity has been compromised as a result of a scam or cybercrime.

You can report a scam where you haven’t been a victim to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, or through the RCMP’s online reporting system or call 1.888.495.8501.

More information:

Q. Why did a police officer ask me for identification, where I live or other personal information?

A. Police have the authority to ask for someone’s personal information in connection with investigating an offence. Officers may need personal information to determine if you are in violation of provincial emergency directives, such as the requirement to self-isolate.

Q. Are police officers required to practice social distancing?

A. The health and safety of citizens and our employees is our primary concern, and where possible, we are employing preventative measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. However, police services are exempt from provincial emergency directives to the extent necessary to carry out their mandated responsibilities, and it is not always possible for officers to practice social distancing in the course of their duties