SiRT – Charges laid against Bridgewater Police Chief

On August 4, 2016, SiRT received inform­ation from the RCMP regarding alleged ac­tions of a member of the Bridgewater Pol­ice Service in relat­ion to a 17-year-old female. SiRT opened an investigation at that time, which in­cluded taking statem­ents from several wi­tnesses and seeking evidence from a vari­ety of sources. Some of that information related to certain documentary evidence from a third party which was not receiv­ed until the last we­ek of April, 2017.  As a result, the inv­estigation was not completed until May 3, 2017.


Today SiRT charged Chief John Collyer of the Bridgewater Pol­ice Service with thr­ee offences: One cha­rge of sexual assaul­t, contrary to secti­on 271 of the Crimin­al Code, and two cou­nts of sexual exploi­tation, contrary to sections 153(1)(a) and (b).  These offen­ces are alleged to have occurred between April 1, 2016, and July 31, 2016. Chief Collyer is scheduled to appear in Provi­ncial Court in Bridg­ewater on June 14, 2017.


A complete copy of SiRT’s report is available at http://sirt.novascot­


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, who is solely responsible for decisions respecti­ng the laying of any charge.


Source: Media Release

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