BIBLE HILL, N.S.
An RCMP officer in Bible Hill is under investigation by the province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) for alleged domestic violence.
“On October 20, 2017 Colchester District RCMP contacted SiRT about an allegation of domestic violence made against a male off-duty RCMP officer,” interim director John Scott said, in a news release.
After being called to a residence in the Bible Hill area about an alleged assault by the officer against “a female known to him,” the man was taken into custody and later released on a number of conditions. The unidentified officer does not work out of the Bible Hill detachment.
No charges have been laid in the case and an RCMP spokesperson could not immediately comment on whether the officer remains on active duty.
The matter was subsequently referred to SiRT, which has assumed responsibility for the investigation.
SiRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, which includes all allegations of domestic violence. Investigations are under the direction and control of Scott, an independent civilian.
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 completed.