Starting September 10, people in Halifax can access an enhanced level of service when reporting motor vehicle collisions.
Citizens who are involved in an accident that doesn’t require an officer to come to the scene, can drive their vehicle or have it towed to the Halifax Collision Reporting Centre located at Police Headquarters, 1975 Gottingen Street in Halifax. Staff members will help citizens complete an electronic copy of the police collision report and take photos and measurements of the damage to their vehicle. This information can be shared electronically with insurance companies, resulting in a faster insurance claim response.
The centre is part of the pilot phase of a partnership between Accident Support Services International Ltd. (ASSI) and Halifax Regional Police. The ASSI model increases efficiency, data integrity and reduces insurance fraud. In addition to enhanced service to citizens, through its Microsoft award-winning Collision Reporting and Occurrence Management System (CROMS), ASSI provides real-time access to collision data and reports for police agencies and participating insurance companies.
“Traffic safety remains a priority for us. There are approximately 6,000 collisions reported each year in our region, which translates to over 16 collisions per day,” says Halifax Regional Police Deputy Chief Bill Moore. “The Halifax Collision Reporting Centre will give us access to leading-edge technology that will enhance our ability to analyze collision data and to be more effective in our efforts to reduce traffic collisions.”
The centre is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There are a few parking spots dedicated for the collision centre is in front of Headquarters. Citizens are reminded to bring their driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and any other pertinent information related to the collision.
Citizens who are unable to go to the collision reporting centre can complete a collision report Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following HRP community police offices:
15 Convoy Run, Bedford
- 7 Mellor Avenue, Dartmouth
- 7001 Mumford Road, Halifax
- 264 Herring Cove Road, Spryfield