VOCM News has confirmed that Halifax Regional Police officers were recently in the province conducting an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault against a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team has confirmed that officers were in the province conducting interviews and investigating a complaint from the Conception Bay South area that dates back a number of years.
The Halifax Regional Police investigation which is being overseen by Nova Scotia SiRT, appears to be winding down, but no further details on the case or the allegations are currently available.
Because of the nature of the complaint, VOCM News will not be naming the officer or the alleged victim.
It is the second time in recent months that teams from outside the province have been brought in to investigate officers in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In a separate matter, VOCM News reported on Monday that Constable Joe Smyth is the subject of an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team. That incident is reportedly related to a traffic stop in the metro region.
The provincial government is working towards establishing its own, or partnering with the other Atlantic provinces on a civilian oversight committee to investigate serious incidents involving police.
Officer Involved Assigned to Non-Operational Duties
RNC Chief Joe Boland says the officer in question has been assigned to non-operational administrative duties pending the findings of SiRT and Halifax Regional Police.
Chief Boland says he received a complaint from a member of the public alleging inappropriate conduct by an RNC officer. He says due to the gravity of the allegation he contacted the Department of Justice and requested that an outside agency conduct a thorough and independent investigation.
The Nova Scotia SiRT is overseeing the investigation in conjunction with Halifax Regional Police.
Chief Boland says criminal conduct should not be assumed because SiRT is conducting an investigation. SiRT is brought in when an allegation, if true, could result in a criminal charge.
Justice Minister Andrew Parsons says there’s little he can say on the matter at this time.