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Cole Harbour RCMP Officer Charged for Traffic Accident


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) today released its report about its investigation of a traffic accident involving an RCMP vehicle in Cole Harbour on April 16, 2016. 

On that date at approximately 7:30 p.m. a male member of the RCMP - Cole Harbour was responding to a call in his police vehicle. When he entered the intersection of Cole Harbour Road and Forest Hills Parkway his vehicle was struck by a civilian vehicle driven by a female with two female passengers. The police vehicle then struck a third vehicle. A passenger in the civilian vehicle suffered a broken ankle as a result of the collision.  No other persons suffered serious injury. 

After an investigation that spoke to 13 witnesses and involved a forensic examination of the scene, today two charges were laid against Cst. Mitchell Hire, a 32-year-old member of the RCMP in Cole Harbour. He has been charged with two charges under the Motor Vehicle Act of Nova Scotia: Failing to Stop at a Red Light, and Failing to Drive with Due Regard for All Person Using the Highway. He will be attending Provincial Court in Halifax on November 22, 2016.

A complete copy of the report is available at

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

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