As 2016 slowly comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the past 12 months and all that it has involved for us as
employees of Halifax Regional Police and as residents of HRM and Nova Scotia.
Here are a few highlights of our year:
• Responded to calls for service: We answered just more than 100,000 emergency calls, more than 199,000 policespecific
calls, and responded to more than 84,000 dispatched calls. If we add traffic stops and breach checks to
the dispatched calls, we responded to more than 113,000 calls for service. More than 3,400 of those calls involved
individuals suffering from various mental health issues which speaks volumes to the importance of continued training
in this important area.
• Solved crimes: We investigated and solved countless crimes and faced the challenges of increased gun violence
which alarmed our communities and tested our patrol and investigative resources.
• Continued with the implementation of our 10-year Strategic Plan: We have seen some significant progress in
executing our strategic plan, including advancing our facilities plan and developing new evidence-based policing
• Continued to take a critical look at how we do things: We advised our communities of the work we needed to do
following a self-generated drug evidence audit and have hired a research coordinator who will help guide our
evidence-based decision making.
• Focussed on employee wellness: We completed the roll-out of our Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program to
ensure we help our employees be more resilient in dealing with the challenges they’re exposed to through policing.
Other initiatives have been developed and will be implemented next year.
• Developed community relationships: We further strengthened our community relationships by welcoming Syrian
refugees to Halifax, in Arabic and English. We also participated in the 12th edition of CopShop at Halifax Shopping
Centre and expanded our participation in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, setting the stage for an even
more robust presence in 2017.
• Continued to expand our social media outreach: In 2016, we increased our interaction with our communities via social
media where more than 29,114 people like us on Facebook (compared to 20,000 this time last year) and more than
75,400 people follow us on Twitter (compared to 54,400 this time last year). We also now have regular senior officer
and front-line presence on Twitter, which is to us a ‘virtual beat’.
• Dealt with the complexity of life in 2016: We saw some significant public safety challenges in far-off places like Nice
(France), Baton Rouge, Dallas and very recently in Turkey and Berlin as well as not-so-far-off places like British
Columbia (fentanyl overdoses) and Toronto (pedestrian fatalities) that have shook us to our collective core, but have
resolved us to do better for our communities to ensure the trust that has been lost in some of those places does not
affect our work here.
In addition to the above, we also saw a series of unexpected events and trends this year, from Pokémon Go and Brexit to
the US Presidential Election. These reinforced our view of an inter-connected world where what happens there matters
here. And through it all, we maintained our professionalism and good humour.
2017 will mark some significant anniversaries: the 100th of the Halifax Explosion and the 150th of Canada’s
Confederation. We expect to be front and centre with our communities as they celebrate these important milestones. No
doubt 2017 will also bring its share of surprises, challenges and unexpected events. And we will be there for those times
To you and your loved ones, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Hanukkah Sameach, Happy Holidays and
may your 2017 be graced with wonder, peace and happiness.
Chief of Police