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Bridgewater Police Officer Charged with Fraud


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has charged a 40-year-old Bridgewater Police Officer with fraud.

SiRT received information from the Bridgewater Police Service on March 9, 2021, which led it to begin an investigation. The investigation concluded today, October 14, 2021, with the laying of two charges of fraud against Constable Troy Vanderlinden.

Constable Vanderlinden is to appear in Provincial Court in Bridgewater on November 24, 2021.

SiRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of the independent civilian director Felix Cacchione, who is solely responsible for decisions respecting the laying of any charge.

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.


Media Contact:

Felix Cacchione


902-424-8400 (office)

902-718-9707 (cell)