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Investigation Begins into Members of New Glasgow Police Service and RCMP – Pictou County
The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating injuries suffered by a man in a collision with a police vehicle Friday, April 26, 2013.
At about 9:30 pm, members of the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit, consisting of New Glasgow Police Service and RCMP Pictou County members, conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle at Exit 20 (Pleasant Valley) on Highway 104 in Pictou County, about nine kilometres west of New Glasgow. The vehicle being stopped collided with the back end of a police SUV, and the male driver, 25, suffered injuries. Emergency responders were called to the scene and the driver was taken to hospital.
SiRT received a public complaint about this incident and in accordance with the Police Act SIRT assumed responsibility for the investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call SiRT at 1-855-450-2010
The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.
The team can independently launch, or 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.