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September 2016

Police arrest man for drug trafficking after home invasion

Police Media Releases - 13 hours ago

Officers with the Guns and Gangs Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division arrested a man following a home invasion that occurred in Halifax last night. 

On September 29 at 9:57 p.m., police responded to the 1000 block of Brenton Street for a weapons call. Police were advised that a man knocked at the door of the residence and then sprayed the 31-year-old male occupant in the face with a sensory irritant. The occupant ran to his bedroom, locked the door and called police. The occupant was treated at the scene and he was unable to provide a description of the suspect. Police do not believe this to be a random act and the investigation is ongoing. Officers are looking to speak with anyone who may have any knowledge of this incident.

Based on evidence observed in the residence, a search warrant was obtained and at approximately 2 a.m., a search was conducted. Officers seized a quantity of marihuana, cannabis resin along with drug paraphernalia and a quantity of cash. The male occupant was then arrested without incident.

The 31-year-old Halifax man faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in marihuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking in cannabis resin. He was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on November 8.

Drug activity often involves violence that puts innocent citizens at risk and is detrimental to the overall safety of our communities. The HRP/RCMP Integrated Drug Unit investigates complaints and targets people involved in the purchase and sale of drugs. Citizens are encouraged to report drug activity to police at 490-5130. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Cole Harbour woman faces fraud-related charges

Police Media Releases - 18 hours ago

Investigators in the Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged a Cole Harbour woman with numerous fraud-related offences.

On March 15, 2014, Halifax Regional Police received the first of numerous complaints about Maritime Property Management Incorporated and its owner; the business is also called Secure Property Management as the two companies amalgamated years ago. The company acted as a liaison between owners/directors, residents and contractors, and also prepared annual budgets, supervised staff/contractors and oversaw property administrators and accountants. Clients reported that there had been issues with receiving rent cheques, insufficient and missing funds as well as issues with accounting.

After an extensive investigation, investigators determined that over a dozen corporations and individuals were defrauded over $425,000 between January 2012 and January 2016.

On August 24, investigators charged 51-year-old Iris Doreen Procenko of Cole Harbour with the following offences:

  • Fraud over $5,000 x10
  • Fraud under $5,000 x4
  • Criminal breach of trust
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • False pretence to obtain credit
  • Laundering proceeds of crime

Procenko is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on October 4 to answer to the charges.

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Suspicious Package

Police Media Releases - 2 days ago

Halifax Regional Police is currently on scene at a suspicious package call in Halifax. 

At 3:41 p.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a suspicious package in the Halifax Central Library at 5440 Spring Garden Road. The library is being evacuated as a precaution and police ask people to avoid this area until further notice. 

The investigation into this matter is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

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HRP swears-in 11 new officers

Police Media Releases - 2 days ago

Earlier today, Chief Jean-Michel Blais and Commissioner Councillor Steve Craig of the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners swore-in 11 new police officers at a ceremony at NSCC Waterfront Campus. These officers came to Halifax Regional Police through a campaign we launched in Fall 2015 where we recruited cadets to attend the Atlantic Police Academy on PEI, with the intent of hiring them after they finished the program. The new officers will fill existing vacancies in the Patrol Division.

Congratulations to our new officers and welcome to Halifax Regional Police!

From left to right, the new officers are: Cst. Michael Vasseur, Cst. Mandy Avery, Cst. Paul Cadieux, Cst. Alex McEachern, Cst. Sym Dewar,
Cst. Sean Upshaw, Cst. Ryan Clarke, Cst. Shaun Ziman, Cst. Nicolas Gagnon, Cst. Madeleine Goldsmith and Cst. Adam Moore.

Courier email scam

Police Media Releases - 2 days ago

Halifax Regional Police is warning citizens about an email scam that has targeted a local organization in Halifax.  

On September 28 at 10:18 a.m., police were contacted in relation to an incident that occurred yesterday. A scammer sent an email to a local organization that appeared to be from a courier company. The email advised that a delivery had been missed and directed the recipient to click on an attachment to get a shipping label. Once the attachment was opened, the computer's files were encrypted and a warning message appeared stating that the files would be released if a ransom was paid. No money was paid in this incident but the computer had to be taken in for servicing.

Fraud can affect anyone so keep the following in mind. If you receive an email about a delivery that you were not expecting, contact the purported sender by phone or in-person to confirm the email's legitimacy prior to opening any attachments. 

If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of this or any other scam, please report the matter to your local police agency. There is no need to call police to report that you’ve been contacted in relation to this scam if you’re not a victim. You can report a scam where you haven’t been a victim to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or online at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm

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Safely sharing the road

Police Media Releases - 3 days ago

With the shorter daylight hours, Halifax Regional Police encourages motorists and cyclists to work together to share our roadways for everyone’s safety.

For motorists, the basics of safe driving are even more crucial when driving in low light. Give yourself enough time and space, and drive to the conditions. Be aware that cyclists are less visible after dark and take additional time to check that your way is clear before proceeding through an intersection, particularly when turning right or left.

Cyclists should take steps to increase their visibility - a white headlight and a rear red light or reflector are mandatory for your bike when riding at night. You should also consider wearing reflective apparel or adding reflective elements, e.g. arm/leg bands and/or tape, to your cycling gear. Remember that motorists will have a harder time seeing you in low light conditions and exercise caution when changing lanes, making turns and at all intersections.

Road safety is a shared responsibility – motorists must treat cyclists as vehicles and provide them with the same rights as other motorists; cyclists must obey all road signs and traffic signals and should signal their intentions clearly before turning or stopping.

Additionally, motorists and cyclists must obey the following sections of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act (MVA):

Motorists must:

  • Allow one meter clearance when passing a cyclist. (S.171B (1))
  • Not drive in bike lanes. (S.131A)
  • Not park in bike lanes. (S.143 (2))

Cyclists must:

  • Not drive on the sidewalk if either of your tires exceeds 350 mm in diameter. (S.171 (2))
  • Ride in a bicycle lane where available. (S.171 (3))
  • Ride in same direction as flow of traffic. (S.171 (5))
  • Ride on the far right side of roadway or shoulder, in the same direction as traffic. (S.171 (4))
  • Ride in single file. (S.171 (6))
  • Wear a helmet. (S.170A (2))
  • Equip your bike with lights, a bicycle is required to have a white front light visible from 100 metres and a red rear reflector or light visible from 60 metres. (S. 174(6))
  • When operating their bicycle on the far right side or the right-hand shoulder of the roadway, you may pass to the right of a vehicle if it is safe to do so.

We ask that motorists and cyclists alike keep a watchful eye out for pedestrians. Cyclists are required to abide by the same laws as motorists with respect to pedestrians and crosswalks.

UPDATE: Missing youth located

Police Media Releases - 3 days ago

Alicia has been located safe and sound. 

Thank you to the media and the public for their concern and assistance.

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Police are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Halifax youth. 

Seventeen-year-old Alicia Michelle McInnis was last seen on August 21 at 10:10 p.m., leaving a residence in the 2400 block of Robie Street.

Alicia is described as a white female, 5'8", 125 lbs. with brown eyes, long brownish-red hair and tattoos on both wrists. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts.   

There is no evidence to suggest that Alicia has met with foul play but there is concern for her well-being. Officers request that Alicia or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5016.

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Note: A photo of Alicia McInnis is attached.

 

Update on bomb threat at Dartmouth Sportsplex GO# 16-146681

Police Reports - Sep 27, 2016

 On September 26th 2016 at approx. 4:30PM a bomb threat was received for the Dartmouth Sportsplex and Dartmouth Bridge Terminal. The area was contained and  Dartmouth Sportsplex with the assistance of Halifax police evacuated the complex. A search was conducted by  Halifax police K9. Which revealed nothing suspicious.

Containment of the area was released at approximately 9:30 pm.

 

The investigation will be conducted by Halifax Police GIS.

 

 Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Robbery Go#16-146264

Police Reports - Sep 26, 2016

At approximately 8:40 pm on September 25th 2016 Halifax Regional Police responded to a robbery call at Fred Market 38 Dentith RD Halifax . A male entered the store produced a firearm and demanded cash. He left without incident, with an undisclosed amount of cash as well as cigarettes. The male is described as in his 20’s wearing grey hoodie black sweat pants as well as a mask. HRP are continuing the investigation and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Police investigate three bomb threats

Police Reports - Sep 25, 2016

Just after 2 a.m. on September 25, police responded to Dalhousie University for a bomb threat from an anonymous person. While police were on-scene at Dalhousie University, a bomb threat from an anonymous person was reported at St. Mary's University, and seven minutes later, a bomb threat from an anonymous person was reported at the Halifax Central Library at 5440 Spring Garden Road. Nothing suspicious was found at any of these locations. Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division will be continuing the investigation into this matter. 

GO #16-145217 - Robbery

Police Reports - Sep 24, 2016

Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a robbery at 10:15 p.m. on September 24 at the Subway at 5560 Fenwick Street in Halifax. A man entered the Subway, approached the employee, produced a knife and demanded cash. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect was described as white man, 40-45-years-old, slim build, white stubble on his face. He was wearing blue jeans, black sneakers and a blue hoodie with a large Montreal Expo logo on the front. Officers from the General Investigative Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Unit will be continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Police release pictures of suspect in an attempted robbery and robbery

Police Media Releases - Sep 23, 2016

Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in connection with an attempted robbery and robbery that that occurred last night in Halifax.

On September 22 at 9 p.m., staff of the Guardian Pharmacy located at 205 Herring Cove Road were getting ready to close for the evening, when a white man over 6’, wearing a black sweater, black fabric over his face and sweatpants with stripes attempted to push open the main doors to gain entry. He then left the area on foot.

Shortly thereafter at 9:14 p.m., a man entered the Petro Canada Service Station located at 231 Herring Cove Road, holding a knife in his hand and demanded cash and cigarettes. He fled on foot after obtaining a small quantity of each product. There were no injuries as a result of the robbery. Patrol members along with K-9 team searched to area for the suspect.

The suspect is believed to be the same suspect involved in the Guardian Pharmacy incident. The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, wearing a black sweater, black ski mask, grey Adidas sweatpants with stripes on lower leg and sneakers.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this man’s identity or these incidents to contact police at 490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO #16-144679 & 144682

Note: Pictures of the suspect are attached. 

 

Police investigate voyeurism incident and release pictures of the suspect

Police Media Releases - Sep 23, 2016

Police are investigating a voyeurism incident that occurred Sunday afternoon in Halifax.

On September 18 at approximately 7:30 p.m., police received a report of a man taking video of a 14-year-old boy who was in the stall next to him in a men’s washroom. The incident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. in the men’s washroom near the cinema at Park Lane Mall, located at 5657 Spring Garden Road. The boy yelled at the man who then ran out of the bathroom. The boy left the washroom with his 13-year-old friend, who was also in the bathroom, and reported the incident to his father, who later called police.

The suspect is described as a medium complected man with dark hair, wearing a grey T-shirt and dark grey pants, dark shoes and a dark ball cap. He was carrying a knapsack and what looked like a black and white Adidas cape over his shoulder. 

Police have been working with the victim to obtain a detailed description of the suspect and specific details about the offence. Police have obtained video footage from the area and are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man. 

Investigators are asking the man or anyone who has any information on this incident to call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO#16-142484

Note: Pictures of the suspect are attached

GO #16-144779 - Weapons

Police Reports - Sep 23, 2016

At 3:20 a.m. on September 23, staff at the Sobeys at 1120 Queen Street in Halifax contacted police after observing two intoxicated males damaging property belonging to the store in the parking lot. When staff approached the suspects, one produced a bat in a threatening manner. Both suspects fled on foot. The incident remains under investigation.

GO #16-144762 - Weapons

Police Reports - Sep 23, 2016

At 2 a.m. on September 23, two residents living in an apartment building in the 5000 block of Spring Garden Road were awoken by a man ringing their intercom buzzers. When both residents confronted the man outside the main entrance, the suspect produced a knife. He fled the area on foot towards Dresden Road. He is described as a white man, 5’4” with brown hair and glasses, wearing a blue long-sleeve shirt and jeans and carrying a blue backpack. No injuries occurred during the incident. The suspect has not been located and the incident remains under investigation.

16-144679 & 144682 - Attempt Robbery and Robbery

Police Reports - Sep 23, 2016

At 9 p.m. on September 23, staff of the Guardian Pharmacy at 205 Herring Cove Road,were getting ready to close for the evening when a man attempted to push open the main doors to gain entry. He then left the area on foot. He was described as a white man, over 6' with black fabric over his face and wearing a black sweater and sweatpants with stripes.

At 9:14 p.m. the same night, a man holding a knife in his hand entered the Petro Canada service station at 231 Herring Cove Road and demanded cash and cigarettes. He fled on foot after obtaining a small quantity of each product. There were no  physical injuries as a result of the robbery. Patrol members along with a K-9 team searched the area for the suspect but were not able to locate him. 

Suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, wearing a black ski mask, black sweater, grey Adidas sweatpants with stripes on the lower leg and sneakers. The suspect is believed to be the same suspect involved in the Guardian Pharmacy incident.

The file remains under investigation.

Update: Police clear scene of bomb threat

Police Media Releases - Sep 21, 2016

Please be advised that police have now cleared the scene at 5685 Leeds Street and nothing suspicious has been located. Traffic in the area has been reopened to vehicles and pedestrians and people have been allowed back into the campus. Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are continuing the investigation into this matter.

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At 8:04 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a suspicious package in the area of the Old Halifax Central Library at 5381 Spring Garden Road. Responding officers subsequently shut down vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Spring Garden Road and surrounding streets temporarily.

Officers with the Explosive Disposal Unit attended the scene and determined there was no threat. The package was determined to be garbage and all streets have been re-opened to traffic.

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GO #16-143477 - Assist Citizen/Pursuit

Police Reports - Sep 21, 2016

Halifax Regional Police were called to the area of Almon Street and Windsor Street in relation to a report of an injured woman screaming from a car to call police.

Shortly after 8 p.m. on September 20, 2016, officers located the vehicle in the area and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and attempted to flee from police heading eastbound across the peninsula. The driver attempted to evade police for 2.6 kilometers before he was arrested in the area of the 100 block of Connor Lane. There were no injuries reported and no damage to any of the involved vehicles in this incident. The woman in the vehicle, who is known to the accused, declined EHS at the scene and suffered minor facial injuries from an assault.

A 40-year-old Halifax man is currently in custody at Police Headquarters and will be transferred to court sometime today to face charges of assault, forcible confinement, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, violation of probation and flee police.

Police investigate bomb threat

Police Media Releases - Sep 21, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is currently on scene investigating a bomb threat in Halifax. 

Just after 8 a.m., police responded to the Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology campus located at 5685 Leeds Street for a bomb threat after the campus received a threatening message from an anonymous person. Officers are on scene and searching the area with the assistance of the K-9 Unit, however, nothing suspicious has been located to this point. The campus is being evacuated as a precaution and police ask people to avoid this area until further notice.

The investigation into this matter is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

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Police release second quarter crime stats

Police Media Releases - Sep 19, 2016

As a follow-up to today’s Board of Police Commissioners' meeting, HRP and Halifax District RCMP are releasing the 2016 first quarter crime statistics. Overall, crime is down over one per cent when comparing the second quarter of 2016 to the same period in 2015. 

Violent crime is down almost eight per cent, including decreases in assaults (-5.6 per cent) and robberies (-36.36 per cent); however, there were increases in homicides (200 per cent) and attempted murder (16.67 per cent). Property crime is up over three per cent with increases in theft of motor vehicles (6.38 per cent), theft under $5,000 (40.74), theft over $5,000 (6.48 per cent) and frauds (10.44 per cent); however, break and enters were down -18.3 per cent.

We are continuing to stay the course with our crime reduction strategy to address any violent crime. We will continue to focus on identifying areas with higher rates of crime (hot spots), deploying our Quick Response, Street Crime Units and Guns and Gangs Unit by targeting the criminal element and monitoring those who are on court imposed conditions. Officers will continue to be in close contact with the community in order to address crime as well as quality-of-life issues.

The 2016 second quarter stats are available at http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/HRP_RCMP2ndQtr2016Stats.pdf

 

Police investigate robbery and release suspect photos

Police Media Releases - Sep 19, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is investigating a robbery that occurred last month in Dartmouth. 

On August 12 at approximately 6:28 a.m., officers responded to a report of a robbery in the area of John Martin School. Police were advised that a 27-year-old man was exiting a convenience store in the 100 block of Highfield Park Drive when he was approached by another man not known to him. The man asked the victim if he wanted to buy drugs to which he declined and proceeded to cross the street. He was then followed by the man as well as another man. 

The suspects again approached the victim in the parking lot of John Martin School and said they were there to rob him. The suspects pushed the victim to the ground, advised they had a knife and then fled with the victim’s wallet. The victim was not physically injured and police were unable to locate the suspects.

The suspects are described as a white man with a brown goatee, wearing a dark coloured hat with a pink brim, a light coloured patterned shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes. The second suspect is described as a black man, 5’1”, wearing a black leather vest, denim shorts and sneakers.

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to call police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Note: A picture of the robbery suspects is attached.

 

GO #16-142537 - Property Damage

Police Reports - Sep 19, 2016

Just after 9 p.m. on September 18, officers responded to the intersection of Wentworth Drive and Eliza Ritchie Crescent in Halifax for a report of a large excavator being operated by several people. Officers located the excavator unoccupied with the bucket resting on a damaged fire hydrant that was releasing a large amount of water onto the street. Halifax Water was able to control the leak and Halifax Regional Fire attended the scene to respond to a number of alarms in the area due to the lack of water pressure. Officers checked the area but didn't locate any suspects.The suspects were last seen leaving the area in a small white car. The investigation into this matter is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Police asking for public’s assistance in Rickey Walker homicide investigation

Police Media Releases - Sep 16, 2016

Investigators with the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are again asking for the public’s help with the investigation of the homicide of 48-year-old Rickey Walker.

On September 1 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a man called Halifax Regional Police to report that he had been shot. Responding officers located the man behind John McNeil Elementary School on Leaman Drive. The man was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide.  

On August 31 at approximately 11 a.m., Rickey was seen in the area of Portland Street near Prince Street in Dartmouth. He was last seen getting off a Halifax Transit bus in the 0-100 block of Highfield Park Drive at approximately 11 p.m. Rickey is described as a white man, 6’1’’, larger build, short grey hair and a grey beard and hazel eyes. Rickey was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and possibly carrying a black cloth reusable grocery bag.  

Investigators are interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen Rickey during this timeframe (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on August 31), or anyone with information about this incident. Please contact police at 490-5020 or anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO-#16-132337

Robbery

Police Reports - Sep 16, 2016

Police investigate robbery

Halifax Regional Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on September 15th in Halifax.

At approximately 11:20 p.m., officers responded to Robbery at Subway located at 5560 Fenwick Street, Halifax. Staff stated that a white male entered the store and demanded cash stating that he had a gun.   No gun was seen and the suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money and fled the store on foot.  The employee was not injured. The suspect is described as a white male, 35 - 40 years of age, wearing a blue jacket, dark pants, dark shoes, and a dark ball hat. 

Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are currently investigating this incident and are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

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Missing Person - Bill Hanlon

Police Reports - Sep 16, 2016

***UPDATE***

Mr. Hanlon has been located safe and sound, thank you for your assistance.

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Issued September 15, 2016 (9:07 p.m.)

Halifax Regional Police is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 83-year-old male.

Bill Hanlon was last seen at today at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the area of Victoria Road, Dartmouth. 
Bill is described as white male, 5’8”, 160 lbs., with thinning grey hair. He was last seen wearing a beige baseball hat, a beige jacket, and beige pants. Bill was also seen operating a 2013, 4 door grey Buick Verano, bearing NS license plate CGG873

There is no information to suggest that Bill has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for his well-being. Officers request that Bill or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

Police investigate bomb threat

Police Media Releases - Sep 15, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is currently investigating a bomb threat in Halifax. 

At approximately 2:30 p.m., a man was travelling on a Halifax Transit bus when he overheard two men speak about putting a bomb in The Village at Bayers Road Shopping Mall located at 7071 Bayers Road. Officers are on scene and searching the area and the K-9 Unit has been requested, however, nothing suspicious has been located to this point. Businesses in the area have been evacuated as a precaution. 

Police are currently speaking with the witness to obtain more information and trying to locate the two men. The men are described as white and both in their thirties.  

The investigation into this matter is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

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Police make arrest in multiple street-level robberies

Police Media Releases - Sep 15, 2016

A man arrested yesterday morning for a robbery in Halifax has also been charged in two other Halifax robberies. 

Halifax Regional Police has charged an 18-year-old Halifax man in connection with three street-level robberies that happened in and around the downtown and South End of Halifax on August 11, August 30 and September 14. 

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on August 11, officers responded to a robbery in the area of Victoria Road. A 24-year-old man and a 24-year-old-woman were approached by a man while walking in the area. The suspect produced a knife and demanded money and cell phones. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and fled the area on foot. 

On August 31 at approximately 4 p.m., the complainant reported to police that on the evening of August 30 a man holding a knife forced him into the ATM lobby of a bank located on George Street and demanded he withdraw money. The victim withdrew a sum of money and turned it over to the suspect who then fled on foot. 

Yesterday at approximately 12:25 a.m., police responded to a report of a robbery in the area of Morris and Brenton Streets in Halifax. Two men, age 31 and 32 from Ontario, were walking along Morris Street when they were approached by another man who asked them for cigarettes. The man then demanded their cash and produced a knife, thrusting it toward them. The victims were able to flee the area without being injured or turning over any money. An 18-year-old man, from Halifax, was located by patrol officers on Morris Street near South Park Street and arrested without incident. 

Cameron Mason Parsons appeared in Halifax Provincial Court yesterday morning to face robbery and weapons charges for all three incidents. He is to appear in court again on September 16. 

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Police release photos of robbery suspect

Police Media Releases - Sep 14, 2016

Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man involved in the robbery of a convenience store three weeks ago in Halifax.

At 10 p.m. on August 23, a man entered the Kwik-Way convenience store at 486 Herring Cove Road. He produced a handgun, demanded money and cigarettes and fled the store. Police checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a white man in his 30’s, 5'7”, average build, wearing a black hooded jacket, grey shorts and sunglasses.   

Investigators are asking the man or anyone who can identify the suspect and/or who has any information on this incident to contact police by calling 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Note: Pictures of robbery suspect are attached.

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Traffic stop leads to weapons charges

Police Media Releases - Sep 14, 2016

Three men face charges as a result of a traffic stop last night in Dartmouth. 

At approximately 8:25 p.m. Halifax Regional Police located a vehicle that was travelling toward the MacKay Bridge on Highway 111. Information had been received that there may be a firearm located in the vehicle. A high risk vehicle stop was conducted on Highway 111 near the exit to Highway 118 by K9, patrol and Emergency Response Team members. Three men from the metro area were taken into custody without incident. A firearm was recovered from the vehicle. Highway 111 was closed to traffic for a period of time but has since reopened.  

Members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged a 19-year-old man from Dartmouth, a 21-year-old man from North Preston and 26-year-old man from Dartmouth in relation to this incident. All three men have been charged with numerous weapons-related offences and are to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today.   

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Robbery GO#16-139826, Central Division

Police Reports - Sep 14, 2016

This morning at approximately 12:25 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a robbery in the area of Morris and Brenton Streets in Halifax. Two men, age 31 and 32 from Ontario, were walking along Morris Street when they were approached by another man who asked them for cigarettes. The man then demanded their cash and produced a knife, thrusting it toward them. The victims were able to flee the area without being injured or turning over any money.

An 18-year-old man, from Halifax, was located by HRP on Morris Street near South Park Street and arrested. He will appear in Halifax Provincial Court in the morning to face robbery and weapons charges.

Weapons GO#16-139742 , East Division

Police Reports - Sep 14, 2016

Last night at approximately 8:25 p.m., Halifax Regional Police located a vehicle that was travelling toward the MacKay Bridge on Hwy 111 in Dartmouth. Information had been received that there may be a firearm located in the vehicle.

A high risk vehicle stop was conducted on Hwy 111 near the exit to Hwy 118 by HRP K9, patrol and Emergency Response Team members. Three men from the Metro area were taken into custody without incident. A firearm was recovered from the vehicle. Highway 111 was closed to traffic for a period of time but has since reopened.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division and is in the preliminary stages at this time. A decision on charges will be made when the investigation is complete.

Police release photos of possible robbery suspect

Police Media Releases - Sep 13, 2016

Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man who may have been involved in the robbery of another man in Halifax two weeks ago.

On Sept 3, at approximately 10:45 a.m., police received a complaint from a man that he was robbed some hours prior to contacting police. The 25-year-old man indicated that at approximately 2 a.m., he was walking in the area of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street when he was attacked from behind by three to four. The victim indicated he was struck several times, fell to the ground and that some of his personal effects were stolen. The victim sustained some minor injuries to his head, face and rib area and the suspects fled the area. The victim could offer no suspect description other than the males spoke English. 

Through the course of the investigation it was learned that the victim’s debit and credit cards were used at a few ATM's in the Spring Garden Road area within an hour of the robbery and also at three separate stores in Park Lane Mall later in the morning. Police are releasing pictures of a man investigators believe may have been involved in the robbery or have knowledge of the incident. Investigators are interested in speaking to this man.

Investigators are asking the man or anyone who can identify the suspect and/or who has any information on this incident to contact police by calling 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Traffic stop leads to weapons charges

Police Media Releases - Sep 13, 2016

Three men face charges as a result of a traffic stop yesterday morning in Dartmouth. 

At approximately 4:10 a.m. on September 12, Halifax Regional Police patrol members located a vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the road on Magazine Hill, inbound toward Dartmouth. Officers conducting the traffic stop located two firearms and ammunition during the stop. Three men were taken into custody without incident and interviewed by members of the General Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Twenty-eight-year-old Shane Robert Schrader of Lower Sackville and 31-year-old Sidney Maurice Scott and 28-year-old Mathew Gordon Griffiths, both of Dartmouth, have all been charged with numerous weapons-related offences. Griffiths has also been charged with two counts of breaching a probation order. All three are to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today.  

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Update: missing teen located

Police Media Releases - Sep 13, 2016

Erin has been located safe and sound.

Thank you to the media and the public for their concern and assistance.

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Police are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Halifax teen.

Seventeen-year-old Erin Rose Healy was last seen on September 10 at approximately 11 p.m. in the 200 block of Langbrae Drive in Clayton Park. Erin was reported missing to police this morning.

Erin is described as a white female, 5'7", 115 lbs. with short dirty blonde hair and brown eyes. Erin was last seen wearing a white halter top with a blue pattern, a white skirt and carrying a white bag. Erin has a tattoo of a water lily on her left upper arm.

There is no evidence to suggest that Erin has met with foul play but there is concern for her well-being. Officers request that Erin or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5016.

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August vehicle/pedestrian collision stats

Police Media Releases - Sep 13, 2016

As part of our continued focus on pedestrian safety, Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP have committed to releasing a monthly vehicle/pedestrian collision report to provide police and citizens with more contextual information on this issue. 

During the month of August, there were 12 vehicle/pedestrian collisions in Halifax. Month over month, this represents a decrease (-4 incidents) from the 16 incidents reported in July 2016. Year over year, there was a decrease (-3 incidents) from the 15 incidents reported in August 2015. There is also a slight increase in the number of incidents (113 incidents) when comparing the period January 1-August 31, 2016 to the same period in 2015 (108 incidents).

For the period January 1-August 31, 2016, 57 per cent (65 incidents) of vehicle/pedestrian collisions occurred in crosswalks. Of the 117 pedestrians involved:

  • 34 reported no injury
  • 56 experienced minor injuries
  • 16 experienced moderate injuries
  • 3 experienced severe injuries
  • 8 did not report their injuries to police
  • 0 pedestrian fatalities

The full monthly report is available online at:

http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/Aug2016VehPedReport.pdf

Police release pictures of suspect in robbery/assault

Police Media Releases - Sep 13, 2016

Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in connection with an assault that occurred last month in Halifax.

On August 21 at approximately 2:55 a.m., officers who were outside of the Toothy Moose bar were approached by a staff member requesting assistance in relation to an assault that had just occurred inside the bar. The 25-year-old male victim reported that he had been assaulted by a man not known to him while he was in the washroom. The victim was punched and then struck in the face and head with a bottle, and his wrist watch was stolen.

The victim wasn’t able to provide a suspect description but police are releasing pictures of the male suspect in hopes of identifying him.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this man’s identity or this incident, to contact police at 490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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GO #16-139137 - Motor Vehicle Collision

Police Reports - Sep 13, 2016

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on September 12, officers attended a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Gottingen and Cogswell Streets. A cyclist was travelling south on Gottingen Street going straight through the intersection at Cogswell Street. A driver travelling north on Gottingen Street turned left onto Cogswell Street and struck the cyclist. The 24-year-old female cyclist was taken to the QEII hospital with serious injuries. Officers from the Accident Investigation Unit were called to the scene and will be conducting the investigation.

GO #16-139192 - Weapons

Police Reports - Sep 13, 2016

At 9 p.m. on September 12, officers were called to a weapons complaint in the 0-100 block of Lahey Road in Dartmouth. Upon arrival, officers learned that two neighbours had gotten into an argument when one of them pulled out a knife and stabbed the other in the neck. The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. The accused, a 37-year-old woman was charged with various weapons offences and will be going to Dartmouth Provincial Court on September 13. 

Police seek public’s help finding missing man

Police Media Releases - Sep 12, 2016

Update: Aaron has been located safe and sound. Thanks to the media and public for their assistance.

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Police are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Halifax man. 

Thirty-year-old Aaron Joseph Giles was last seen on September 11 after 1 a.m., at the Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Centre at 1799 Robie Street.

Aaron is described as a white male, 5'8", 160 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes. Aaron was last seen wearing a white short-sleeved shirt with red on the shoulders, dark-coloured shorts and white sneakers.  

There is no evidence to suggest that Aaron has met with foul play but there is concern for his well-being. Officers request that Aaron or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls police at 902-490-5016.

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GO #16-138677 - Weapons

Police Reports - Sep 12, 2016

At approximately 4:10 am Halifax Regional Police patrol members located a vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the road on Magazine Hill, inbound toward Dartmouth. Officers conducting the traffic stop located two firearms and ammunition during the stop. Three people were taken into custody and are presently being interviewed by members of the Integrated General Investigation Section. Investigators are attempting to determine if this incident is connected to an earlier incident of shots fired in the 200 block of Spring Avenue in Dartmouth.

GO #16-138656 - Shots Fired

Police Reports - Sep 12, 2016

 At approximately 2:20 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to the area of Bella Vista Drive and Spring Avenue in Dartmouth in relation to reports of shots fired in the area. Several patrol members responded to the area but were unable to locate evidence associated with a shooting due to darkness. Early this morning, HRP patrol members re-attended the area for a daylight search and located evidence consistent with a shooting having occurred in the 200 block of Spring Avenue. Spring Avenue is currently closed to traffic between Ellenvale Avenue and Dorthea Drive as HRP continues to investigate. HRP Forensic Identification Section members and Integrated General Investigation Section members are assisting with this ongoing investigation. There have been no reports of injuries from this incident at this time.

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Police Media Releases - Sep 12, 2016

At 9:19 p.m. September 11, Halifax Regional Police responded to the 3500 block of Lynch Street in Halifax for a report of shots fired. The residents of the apartment stated someone had thrown an incendiary device through the window which caused a small fire and minor injuries to the occupants. Halifax Regional Fire attended to deal with the fire. Members of the Forensic Identification Section and The Integrated General Investigation Section attended as well. The investigation is continuing.  

Charges laid in bank robbery

Police Media Releases - Sep 9, 2016

Halifax Regional Police has charged a man in connection with a bank robbery that occurred on September 8, 2016 in Bedford.

At 4:05 p.m. on September 8, Halifax Regional Police responded to a robbery at the Bank of Montreal at 620 Nine Mile Drive in Halifax. At 9:40 p.m. the same night, members of the West Quick Response Unit located a vehicle on Indigo Walk in Halifax that matched the description of the vehicle used in the Bank of Montreal robbery.  The officers then observed three males on Lemon Walk that may have been involved in the robbery. The males fled on foot as the officers approached and one was taken in to custody after a foot pursuit. The other two males got in to a wooded area and could not be located even after deploying a K9 team

Investigators have charged 31-year-old Cory Frederick Salter of Dieppe New Brunswick with robbery with an imitation firearm, use of an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence, weapon dangerous to the public peace and several criminal breaches. He has been remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility and will be appearing in Halifax Court on Monday.

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Police request public’s assistance locating wanted man – Bradley Joseph Pearce

Police Media Releases - Sep 9, 2016

Investigators with the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s help locating a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery that occurred on September 8, 2016 in Bedford.

Twenty-five-year-old Bradley Joseph Pearce has been identified as one of the suspects involved in the robbery at approximately 4 p.m. yesterday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Pearce in relation to this matter.

Pearce is described as a white male, 5’9”, 160 pounds, with blue eyes, and short dark blonde hair. Members of the public should not approach him or try to take matters into their own hands, and should call 9-1-1 if they see him.

The 31-year-old man who was arrested on Lemon Walk last night in relation to this incident remains in custody and charges against him are pending.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bradley Pearce is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.


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Police Attempting to Identify Person of Interest

Police Media Releases - Sep 9, 2016

Investigators with the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in the homicide of 48-year-old Rickey Walker.

On September 1 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a man called Halifax Regional Police to report that he had been shot. Responding officers located the man behind John McNeil Elementary School on Leaman Drive. The man was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide.

We are releasing pictures of a man investigators believe was in the area at the time of the incident. Investigators are interested in speaking to this man.
Police are asking this man, or anyone with information about his identity or this incident, to contact police at 490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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GO #16-136653 - Robbery

Police Reports - Sep 9, 2016

Update: September 9, 2016 (12:01 a.m.)

At 9:40 p.m. on September 8, members of the West Quick Response Unit located a vehicle on Indigo Walk in Halifax that matched the description of the vehicle used in the Bank of Montreal robbery.  The officers then observed three males on Lemon Walk that may have been involved in the robbery. The males fled on foot as the officers approached and one was taken in to custody after a foot pursuit. The other two males got in to a wooded area and could not be located even after deploying a K9 team. The suspect vehicle has been seized and will be processed by the Forensic Identification Unit.  The investigation is continuing and no decision on charges has been made at this time. 

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Update: September 8, (6:57 p.m.)

On September 8 at 4:05 p.m., three men entered the bank. All three were white men wearing masks. One of the suspects had a hand gun. The suspects demanded money and the suspect with the gun struck a clerk in the head with the gun. The suspects were given an undisclosed amount of money and exited the bank. They entered a grey Mazda 3 and were observed going on to Larry Uteck Drive and then heading in bound towards Halifax on Hwy 102.

The clerk was assessed and treated by paramedics at the bank and did not need to attend the hospital.

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September 8, 2016 (4:48 p.m.)

 At 4:05 p.m.,  Halifax Regional Police responded to a robbery at the Bank of Montreal at 620 Nine Mile Drive in Halifax.  Members are still onscene at this time and the investigation is in its early stages. Another media release will be issued when more information becomes available.

Man and youth charged after three incidents in Dartmouth

Police Media Releases - Sep 8, 2016

A man and male youth are facing charges after three break and enters yesterday in Dartmouth. 

Around 5:15 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a break and enter that had just occurred in the 0-100 block of School Street in Dartmouth. After viewing video surveillance from the property owner, police were able to locate the suspects a short distance away. While officers were investigating the first break and enter, two other calls were received from the 0-100 block of Slayter Street, one a break and the other a theft.  Property from all three incidents was recovered.

As a result of all three incidents, 19-year-old Jesse Ashford has been charged with three counts of break and enter, two counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of breach of recognizance, and one count each of theft and breach of probation.  A 16-year-old male youth was also charged with two counts of break and enter, three counts of possession of stolen property, and one count each of theft and breach of undertaking.

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Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision

Police Media Releases - Sep 8, 2016

Vehicle/pedestrian collision

Halifax Regional Police responded to a vehicle/pedestrian collision last evening in Halifax.

At approximately 5:15 p.m., police responded to the intersection of Connaught Avenue and Chebucto Road in relation to a vehicle/pedestrian collision.  A 40-year-old woman was reported to have been struck in a marked crosswalk by a car that was turning westbound on Chebucto Road. The woman was transported to the QEII hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The 41-year-old female driver was issued a ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for failing to yield to pedestrian in a crosswalk.  

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Hfx Police charge two men with weapons/drug charges

Police Reports - Sep 8, 2016

A West Quick Response unit was parked on McFatridge Rd in Halifax  when a vehicle passed him. The officer recognized the 22 year old male passenger and was aware that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in relation to breaching his court ordered curfew condition. The officer stopped and arrested the passenger on his warrant. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of pills, cocaine, marijuana and pepper spray. The driver, a 34 year old male, along with the passenger wanted on the warrant were then arrested because of the drugs and pepper spray.

The driver faces trafficking charges and a charge for weapons(possession of the pepper spray). The passenger faces the same charges in addition to his warrant and additional charges for breaching his court orders.

Both are going to Halifax Court later today.

Back to School Safety: Police Urge Motorists to Drive with Caution

Police Media Releases - Sep 7, 2016

With the start of the school year tomorrow, police are asking ask that you do your part to keep streets safe for students as they head back to the classroom.
 
Thousands of students will be returning to school which will mean more people and vehicles on our roadways. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and allow for additional time when travelling before, during and after school.
 
Keep in mind that the speed limit in school zones is reduced to 30 km/h in areas where the approaching limit is 50 km/h, when children are present (outdoors, within 30 metres of the roadway). Where the approaching speed limit is higher than 50 km/h, drivers are required to reduce speed to a maximum of 50 km/h when children are present. By reducing your speed, you’ll have more time to react to the unexpected and avoid an incident. Slower is safer, as children are sometimes distracted and may forget to watch for cars.
 
Remember that passing school buses in either direction when the red lights are flashing, regardless of the number of lanes of traffic, not only puts people in danger, but is illegal and carries substantial fines.
 
Please avoid shortcutting in and around school areas if possible. Obey posted signs as well as crossing guards’ directions, watch out for children crossing the street and remember that crosswalks are not always marked. Essentially, every intersection is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked.
 
HRP school officers and community officers, as well as the HRP/RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit, will be out and about in school zones throughout the municipality during the month of September to educate motorists, enforce motor vehicle regulations and ensure a safe start to the school year.
 
Visit halifax.ca/Police/BacktoSchoolSafetyTips.php for more Back to School Safety Tips

Police charge man and woman in robberies

Police Media Releases - Sep 7, 2016

Police charge man and woman in two separate robberies

Halifax Regional Police has charged a man and woman in connection with two robberies that occurred in Halifax overnight. 

Shortly after 3 a.m., police were dispatched to a report of a robbery with a firearm that occurred in the area of Artillery Place in Halifax. The victim was approached by a man demanding his possessions, at that time victims ride arrived and the suspect fled on foot to an awaiting vehicle.  The victim was able to provide police with a description of the suspect and a partial plate of the suspect vehicle. No injuries were sustained during the incident, nor did the suspect obtain any property from the victim.

At the same time officers were investigating this incident, police received another call for service was received of a man and woman being sprayed with a sensory irritant in the area of Duke Street and Barrington Street.  Based on the investigation into both incidents, officers determined  the same man was responsible for both robberies. 

A short time later, police located a vehicle matching the description in the west end of Halifax and arrested the two occupants, a man and a woman.  Officers determined there was no firearm involved in the first robbery, what the victim described was actually a can of sensory irritant.

In relation to the incident on Artillery Place, police have charged 24-year-old Michael Hope with possession of a weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, robbery and two counts of breach of probation. As well, police have charged 31-year-old Candice Prosper with robbery.

In relation to the incident on Duke Street, Hope faces two counts of robbery, two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of breach of probation, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and possession of a weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized. Prosper is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, robbery, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Both Hope and Prosper are scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court this afternoon.

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HRP welcomes first-ever Research Coordinator

Police Media Releases - Sep 7, 2016

Introducing HRP’s Research Coordinator: Dr. Chris Giacomantonio

Yesterday, Halifax Regional Police welcomed Dr. Chris Giacomantonio as our Research Coordinator, a new role for the police service. He’s also the Atlantic Region Coordinator for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing.

In his role as HRP’s Research Coordinator, Dr. Giacomantonio is responsible for enhancing the use of research evidence to inform police practice and procedures, leading to the entrenchment of an Evidence-Based Policing approach in the organization. He also acts as a liaison between HRP and the academic community and develops research and development opportunities between the police and other community, safety and justice stakeholders.

Prior to joining HRP, Dr. Giacomantonio worked as a Senior Analyst with the European offices of the RAND Corporation, a not-for-profit policy research institute based in Cambridge. While in this role, he conducted research for UK institutions including the College of Policing, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Ministry of Justice, and the Department of Health, as well as the European Commission. He is a qualitative and mixed-methodologist with experience in formative, summative, process and outcome evaluation.

Dr. Giacomantonio holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Oxford. His doctoral research examined coordination and integration within and between police agencies in Canada, and his thesis was published in 2015 as an academic book, Policing Integration, with Palgrave MacMillan. He has conducted research internationally and published reports and papers dealing with issues including policing, counterterrorism, violence and public order, migration and municipal planning. He has organized a number of events encouraging knowledge exchange between academic researchers and police practitioners. Dr. Giacomantonio also holds a master's degree in Sociology from Dalhousie University and a B.A. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Giacomantonio to Halifax Regional Police. We’re confident that he will create a culture of research literacy within HRP as well as augment our decision making capabilities, both of which support the direction of our 10-year Strategic Plan,” says Chief Jean-Michel (JM) Blais.

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GO #16-135611/135613 - Robbery

Police Reports - Sep 7, 2016

At 3:05 a.m. on September 7, officers responded to a robbery that was reported to have occurred in the area of Artillery Place and Birmingham Street. The victim reported that he was approached by a man with a firearm in his waistband. The suspect demanded the victim empty his pockets. When a vehicle approached, the suspect fled the area in another vehicle. Officers located the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at Bayers Road and Micmac Street. Officers took the two occupants into custody without incident. The victim was not physically injured in this incident. The matter is still under investigation and is currently being linked to a second attempt robbery call involving a sensory irritant.

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Police Media Releases - Sep 6, 2016

Man charged after fleeing police

A Halifax man has been charged after fleeing police Monday morning in Halifax.

At 1:14 a.m. on September 6, police attempted to stop a vehicle that was driving at a high rate of speed in the west end of Halifax. After refusing to stop, the driver pulled into a driveway in the 2700 block of George Dauphinee Avenue, at which time he fled on foot. The officer apprehended the man and arrested him for impaired driving

Officers searched the man and vehicle and located a quantity of cocaine, open alcohol, along with a knife and baseball bat.

The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Daniel Carroll of Halifax, is charged with flight from police, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, refusal of the drug demand, two counts of possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, as well as possession of a controlled substance. Carroll is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial court today.

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Bomb Threat - GO- 135021

Police Media Releases - Sep 6, 2016

~~ UPDATE~~ 

Police have since charged 46-year-old Christopher Decoursey with public mischief, breach of undertaking, and breach of probation.

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At 9:37pm, HRP officers responded to a Bomb threat in the 5000 block of George Street. The initial information indicated a quantify of explosive was left in a business. Officers secured the immediate area and temporarily evacuated patrons of the business while an explosives trained K9 unit attended and cleared the business. The suspect was located in the immediate area and was arrested. A 46 year old Halifax male will appear in Halifax Provincial Court and will face charges.

Missing Youth

Police Media Releases - Sep 6, 2016

~~ UPDATE~~

Megan Deley has been located safe and sound. Police are thanking the public for their assistance.

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Missing youth

Halifax Regional Police is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 15-year-old female.

Megan Deley was last seen in the early morning hours of September 4 on Bromley Road in Halifax.

Megan is described as white, 5’1”, 160 lbs., with long light brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and grey sweat pants.

There is no information to suggest that Megan has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for her well-being. Officers request that Megan or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

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