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Investigation Underway into Information Relating to Clayton Miller Matter
The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating the accuracy of information it received that alleges a current member of the CBRPS may have undisclosed information regarding circumstances surrounding the death of Clayton Miller.
The information was received in late October 2014 and the investigation is ongoing. SiRT did not previously circulate a public release in this matter to protect the integrity of specific investigative steps.
SiRT concluded that, if accurate, the information may be considered evidence of a current obstruction of justice. This falls within SiRT’s mandate to investigate matters involving police that are of a significant public interest. The investigation will attempt to determine if in fact it discloses any criminal offence. As SiRT’s general mandate is limited to a consideration of incidents that occur after April, 2012, this investigation is restricted to possible current offences.
SiRT Director Ron MacDonald recently contacted the Miller family to alert them to SiRT’s involvement in the matter and will be meeting with the Millers in the near future.
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 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.
Ron MacDonald, QC