The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) arrested and charged Cst. Natasha Renee Dantiste today, Aug. 26., in relation to allegations of domestic violence. Cst. Dantiste is a 46-year-old member of the Cole Harbour RCMP.
On July 4, a male went to the East Division office of the Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and made allegations against Cst. Dantiste. HRP referred the matter to SiRT who then assumed jurisdiction for the investigation.
Cst. Dantiste has been charged with one count of assault concerning matters alleged to have occurred between July 1, 2010, and December 31, 2013, and one count of uttering a threat alleged to have occurred between July 1, 2010, and March 31, 2014. Cst. Dantiste was released on conditions to appear in Provincial Court in Dartmouth on October 7, 2014.
The Serious Incident Response Team 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 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.