Halifax Regional Police (HRP) today announced that it has placed four civilian employees on administrative leave and the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division has initiated an investigation.
These actions were taken in response to information of improper handling of property that was designated to be destroyed and in HRP’s custody in its Property and Exhibit Section. Concurrently, HRP has also initiated a review to fully understand the potential breakdown.
“On Wednesday, information came to light internally that led to questions about the handling of property designated for destruction, and a criminal investigation was immediately initiated
,” said Chief Jean Michel Blais of Halifax Regional Police. “At this time, it is unknown if there will be grounds for criminal charges. Although that process is still at a preliminary stage, in the interest of transparency and public interest, we chose to communicate the available information. HRP will also conduct a review into the circumstances.”
Halifax Regional Police’s Property and Exhibit Section handles property that is seized, surrendered or found, and is in the custody of HRP. Exhibits are kept for investigative and court purposes as well as to return property to rightful owners when they are identified. These exhibits do not include property related to drug investigations.
Further details will be made available as the process unfolds.