On October 7, 2019 Halifax District RCMP contacted SiRT about an allegation of an off-duty Halifax Regional Police office uttering threats.
Earlier in the day, RCMP and HRP officers attended the Eastern Passage area in response to an incident involving an HRP officer and a female known to him. After negotiating with the officer, the officer surrendered to police and was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.
In accordance with the Police Act the matter was referred to SiRT which has assumed responsibility for the investigation.
The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, which includes all allegations of domestic violence. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian Acting Director Shauna MacDonald.
The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.
The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.
Shauna MacDonald, Acting Director
902-471-3936 | Shauna.firstname.lastname@example.org