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Halifax Regional Police officer criminally charged

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) today charged Constable George Farmer with one count each of voyeurism,  charge of trespassing by night and breach of trust.

All matters took place while the officer was on duty between November 23 and December 3, 2017 in the 700 block of Bedford Highway in Bedford. The officer was arrested today and released with conditions. He is scheduled to appear in court in Halifax on January 16, 2018.

“Any time a police officer is charged with a criminal offence, it is disconcerting, not just for our employees, but also the citizens and communities we serve,” said Jean-Michel Blais, Chief of Halifax Regional Police. “We recognize that matters of this nature undermine public trust, which our employees work hard to build and uphold everyday. Breaching that trust is unacceptable and comes with consequences.”

Cst. Farmer, who has 11 years of service with HRP, has been suspended with pay in accordance with the Nova Scotia Police Act.

At this point in the investigation, the matter is believed to have compromised the privacy of multiple victims.

“We can’t discuss the details of the offence, but I can confirm that as soon as we became aware of the matter, we initiated a thorough investigation,” said Chief Blais.

The matter first came to HRP’s attention through an internal complaint, which evolved into a criminal investigation. SiRT has been advised of the matter.

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Source: Media Release

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