Earlier today, we stated that our file into the sexual assault on a toddler on the evening of August 19 on Wood Street in Halifax had been concluded. For clarification, we were referring to the conclusion of the potential court process as the family doesn’t wish to proceed with the investigation at this time. We respect their decision as what has happened is traumatic and overwhelming. In general terms, a family in these circumstances needs to digest the entire situation, including considering what their child would have to go through as part of the investigation and court process, and evaluating whether they can withstand the media and public attention.
That said, police have an obligation to continue to investigate this crime given there is a broader public safety issue. We’re proceeding with our investigation and doing everything possible to identify the person responsible through follow-up investigative techniques. One of the investigative avenues we’re pursuing is ViCLAS – the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System, which is a national database for tracking violent offenders and the offences they commit. More specifically, ViCLAS is an automated case linkage system designed to capture, collate and compare crimes of violence through the analysis of victimology, offender/suspect description, modus operandi, forensic and behavioural data.