The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating an allegation of domestic violence against a member of the Halifax Regional Police.
At about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, Halifax Regional Police received a 911 call from a home in the Armdale area. On arrival, the wife of a male Halifax Regional Police officer made an allegation of assault against him. As a result, the male was arrested, and in accordance with the Police Act, the Halifax Regional Police referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, which assumed responsibility for the investigation.
No charges have been laid at this point. He has been released on conditions by the SIRT to attend provincial court in Halifax on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The investigation is ongoing.
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.
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.
The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.