About the RCMP in Nova Scotia
As Nova Scotia's provincial police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are dedicated to serving and protecting Nova Scotians while providing programs and services that meet their needs. Know by the Force as "H" Division, Nova Scotia's RCMP provide federal, provincial and municipal policing to the province through 38 detachments and more than 1,500 employees.
For Nova Scotia's RCMP, communities are the focus of everything we do. Our commitment to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities on our roadways, reinforces our commitment to making our roads some of the safest in Canada.
Behind the scenes, our plain clothes Federal Policing Units conduct numerous investigations to target and disrupt organized crime groups that traffic drugs, contraband and guns. While not visible to most citizens, their expertise in organized crime and support of frontline police officers is critical to the safety of the province.
These are great tools to help you receive the most up-to-date information on what we are up to, but also on any public safety issues such as missing persons or road closures.
History of the RCMP in Nova Scotia
The RCMP was first established in the Maritimes following the historic re-organization of what was until then known as the Royal North West Mounted Police. February 1, 1920 marked the transition for the organization from a more regional police presence to a truly national institution as the newly designated Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) absorbed the existing Dominion Police and became responsible for federal law enforcement across the country.
In the 12 years that followed, the Maritime Provinces District was responsible solely for federal policing in the region. Its compliment during this period never exceeded 37 men, 25 of whom were tasked with the policing of military instalments in Halifax. With only 12 remaining members to carry out investigational work in three provinces, the majority of the RCMP's work centred around enforcing customs, excise, fisheries and immigration laws. A number of high profile cases, particularly in relation to the region's famous bootleggers, demonstrated the RCMP was a capable police service.
In response to economic pressure caused by the Depression, by the 1930s many provinces were looking for ways to cut costs. April 1, 1932 saw the realization of RCMP contract policing in Nova Scotia. Nearly 90 members of the former Nova Scotia Police and 35 of the Preventive Service (former Department of National Revenue force) swore the RCMP oath to "faithfully, diligently and impartially execute and perform [their] duties," on that day.
In 1933, Nova Scotia was christened H Division. Given the history of the Force in the province and its efforts to prevent the smuggling of hard liquor, the Division was soon nicknamed "Hard Stuff H" and its members would prove themselves worthy of the moniker.
As Nova Scotia's primary provincial police force over the ensuing 75+ years, the RCMP presence in Nova Scotia has continued to expand. Today H Division has 55 detachments and worksites across the province. The state-of-the-art headquarters opened in Dartmouth in 2013 and serves as a hub of operations so that personnel can be deployed anywhere in the province to support an unfolding event or incident.
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