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SiRT Investigates Domestic Violence allegation against HRP officer
This morning SiRT was contacted by the Halifax Regional Police (HRP) about an allegation of domestic violence made against a male HRP officer.
Late Tuesday morning HRP officers attended a Dartmouth address regarding an incident involving an off-duty police officer and a female known to him. HRP determined the matter involved an allegation of domestic violence. As a result the matter was referred to SiRT which has assumed responsibility for the investigation. The male officer, a 13 year member of the HRP, had previously been taken into custody by the HRP. He was released on conditions later in the day by SiRT investigators. No charges have been laid at this point and the matter is still under 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 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