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SiRT Investigating Circumstances Surrounding Injuries


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating the circumstances surrounding injuries suffered by a 47-year-old male on June 23, 2019 at the Bridgewater Police Department.

On the morning of June 23, Bridgewater Police arrested a male for impaired driving and transported him to the Bridgewater Police Department where he was placed in an interview room. While in the interview room awaiting processing, the male exhibited signs of aggression and an altercation occurred between the man and two officers.

The male was transported to the RCMP Cookville detachment prisoner care facility and upon arrival at the RCMP detachment, the man stated he felt like he had a broken rib and collar bone. EHS was called to assess the male, however, they were unable to do so as the male would not cooperate. He was then transported to the hospital for further assessment but would not cooperate with medical staff.

He was released from police custody later that day.

On June 27, the man went to the hospital where it was determined that he had several fractured ribs and a fractured collar bone.

As a result of those injuries he contacted Bridgewater Police who then contacted SiRT.

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Felix Cacchione.

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.


Media Contact:

Felix Cacchione