At approximately 10:40 p.m. last evening, Halifax Regional Police Officers assigned to the Central Quick Response Unit conducted a traffic stop on Windsor Street after identifying a 17-year-old male occupant as having an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
As officers conducted the traffic stop, the youth ran from the car and was arrested after a short foot pursuit. The youth was searched and found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana. The vehicle was searched and a collapsible baton as well as, a can of sensory irritant was located inside the vehicle.
One youth was held in custody overnight. He will appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court later today. He faces charges of: possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of a prohibited weapon and, possession of a controlled substance.
Three 16-year-old male youths and a 17-year-old male youth, also face charges of: possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and, possession of a prohibited weapon. They will appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court at a later date.
The Quick Response Unit is an important part of the Halifax Regional Police crime reduction strategy, with a separate unit for each of its three divisions. The members of these units usually work in a plain clothes capacity and, address crime and quality-of-life issues.