Halifax Regional Police has issued the following statement today in response to media inquiries, comments on social media and members of the public related to the ongoing police enforcement of illegal encampments on municipal properties and parks:
“As we have said all along, Halifax Regional Police’s response on the issue of illegal encampments on municipal parks and properties continues to begin with education and engagement.
“We continue to reinforce the message that camping in a municipal property or park is illegal. In every case a notice is served, occupants are provided a list of resources and necessary time they need to leave.
“We have no intention nor can we prioritize the mass removal of encampments; however, enforcement will continue to take place as necessary on a case by case basis and always starting with engagement and conversation.
“It is based on public safety concerns related to specific locations that we are aware of as well as those we are hearing day to day. Accordingly, we have removed two tents this week from the Halifax Common as well as we had a conversation with the occupant of a third, who indicated they required more time.”