The Province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating an allegation of domestic assault and uttering threats alleged to have been committed by a member of the RCMP.
On July 5th, the RCMP-Northeast Nova District were contacted by a female alleging she had been assaulted and threatened by her husband, a member of the RCMP. The incident had occurred in their home on the evening of July 3.
In accordance with the provisions of the Police Act, SiRT was contacted by RCMP and an investigation into the incident commenced later that day.
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.
The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.