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Investigation Results in a Charge Against RCMP Member


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) has laid a single charge against a member of the RCMP – Southwest Nova District.

Cst. Laura Cormier will appear in Bridgewater provincial court on February 20, 2020 for a trial regarding the assault charge. The charge against the officer relate to an incident that occurred on July 31, 2019.

On July 31, 2019 a call was received by the Liverpool detachment of the RCMP from the spouse of the member regarding an allegation of assault. In accordance with the Police Act, RCMP referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, which assumed responsibility for the investigation.

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Felix Cacchione.

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.

A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.

Media Contact:

Felix Cacchione