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SiRT commences investigation of sexual assault allegation against Halifax police officer
On Friday evening, August 2, Halifax Regional Police took a statement from a woman, alleging she was sexually assaulted by an off duty HRP member in July of this year.
In accordance with the Police Act, they referred the complaint for investigation to the Serious Incident Response Team that same evening. SiRT has assumed responsibility for the investigation.
The Police Act requires that SiRT investigate any allegation of sexual assault against a police officer in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.
The Team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one 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
Serious Incident Response Team