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Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Your Nova Scotia RCMP: 2022

On this page

  1. List of acronyms and abbreviations
  1. Message from the Commanding Officer
  2. Nova Scotia RCMP leadership team
  3. Provincial policing priorities
  4. Key operational files
  5. Special initiatives
  6. Provincial and district policing data
  7. Community support and engagement

List of acronyms and abbreviations

all-terrain vehicle
Canada Border Services Agency
Emergency Health Services
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
off-highway vehicle
Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation
QR code
quick response code
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Message from the Commanding Officer

As the provincial police, the Nova Scotia RCMP is committed to preventing crime and creating safer communities from one end of the province to the other.

Policing is – and always should be – evolving. To ensure we continue meeting the needs of those we serve, we have regular and open communication with our various partners. Throughout 2022, we built on the productive collaborations we have with provincial and municipal governments, municipal police agencies, and community leaders from Cape North to Cape Sable Island.

Our employees are incredibly committed to serving Nova Scotians, and we continue to recruit top-notch talent into our organization. As you read through Your Nova Scotia RCMP: 2022, you’ll get a sampling of the work that underscores this collective commitment that our police officers and public service employees make to the people of the province each and every day.

Nova Scotia RCMP leadership team

Under the direction of the Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Dennis Daley, and by supporting frontline police officers, civilian members, and public service employees, this team of senior leaders from across the province works to enhance the safety and security of Nova Scotians.

Learn more about the senior leadership team

Provincial policing priorities

In addition to day-to-day policing duties, the Nova Scotia RCMP works with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice to address areas of public safety that require a strategic, targeted policing approach. In 2022, as the provincial police service, we were mandated to focus on:

In 2022, we also focused on:

Key operational files

Several operational files in each of the provincial priority areas are highlighted below.

Human trafficking, gender-based and sexualized violence:
Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Unit charge two men with sex and labour trafficking offences

On June 9, 2022, the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Unit received information through its tip line that a woman was being trafficked by a Yarmouth man. As a result of this information, an investigation named Operation Homeward was launched.

During the course of the operation, officers determined the man was involved in trafficking numerous victims, for both sex and labour. Investigators also gathered evidence that a second Yarmouth man was involved in the trafficking activity.

The first man was charged with 33 offences, including:

  • Human Trafficking (5 counts)
  • Receiving a Financial Benefit from Human Trafficking (5 counts)
  • Procuring (3 counts)
  • Material Benefits from Sexual Services (3 counts)
  • Trafficking Cocaine (3 counts)
  • Trafficking Hydromorphone (2 counts)
  • Sexual Assault (2 counts)
  • Assault Causing Bodily Harm
  • Assault (3 counts)
  • Uttering Threats (2 counts)
  • Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration
  • Advertising Sexual Services
  • Failure to Comply with Conditions of a Release Order (2 counts)

The man was already in custody on unrelated charges and appeared in Shelburne Provincial Court on August 4 and September 13, 2022.

The second man was arrested on August 3, 2022, and was charged with 6 offences:

  • Human Trafficking
  • Sexual Assault
  • Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration (2 counts)
  • Uttering Threats
  • Intimidation of a Justice Participant

He appeared in Shelburne Provincial Court on August 4 and August 8, 2022.

The Human Trafficking Unit is a joint RCMP–Halifax Regional Police team.

Human trafficking, gender-based and sexualized violence:
Pictou County District RCMP charge man with sexual offences

On June 20, 2022, Pictou County District RCMP received a complaint of a sexual assault that occurred at an equestrian facility in Plymouth. The investigation resulted in charges, including two counts of Sexual Assault, against a 68-year-old Plymouth man in relation to a youth victim.

Following publication of those charges, other victims came forward to report sexual assaults involving the same man.

As a result of continued investigation, which went into 2023, Pictou Country District RCMP charged the man with additional charges:

  • Sexual Assault (14 counts)
  • Sexual Interference (4 counts)
  • Sexual Exploitation (6 counts)
  • Indecent Assault

He appeared in Pictou Provincial Court on September 2, 2022.

Human trafficking, gender-based and sexualized violence:
App aims to help human trafficking victims

Human trafficking, which involves the exploitation of people through deception, intimidation, threats or violence, is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide, and Nova Scotia has the highest rate of human trafficking incidents in Canada.

It's a big problem; a Statistics Canada report showed that in 2019, Nova Scotia's cases accounted for 10% of the those reported in the country,” says Corporal David Lane of the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Unit, a team made up of RCMP and municipal police officers dedicated to investigating human trafficking files and supporting victims.

In February 2022, in an effort to make reporting easier, the unit launched a quick response (QR) code that's been distributed across the province on posters and stickers. The code can be scanned quickly and unobtrusively, providing rapid access to the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking tip line, which is monitored 24/7 by an investigator. The QR code also links to information on human trafficking, including signs to watch out for and how to report suspected activity to police.

Serious and organized crime:
Antigonish County District RCMP charge man with smuggling and firearms offences

Antigonish County District RCMP, with assistance from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), charged a man with smuggling and firearms offences.

On May 6, 2022, the CBSA intercepted a package that was being shipped to a 40-year-old Paq'tnkek man. Contained within the package was a firearm suppressor, which is a prohibited device. On May 19, Antigonish County District RCMP were advised of the interception and an investigation was started.

On June 27, the package was delivered to the man, who was immediately arrested. Search warrants were then executed at two homes in Antigonish County. During the searches, RCMP officers seized firearms, some of which were loaded and unsafely stored, and ammunition. A woman was also arrested at one of the homes.

The man was charged with:

  • Importing a Prohibited Device
  • Smuggling into Canada (Customs Act)
  • Acquiring of Goods Illegally Imported (Customs Act)
  • Careless Use of a Firearm (2 counts)
  • Unsafe Storage of a Firearm (2 counts)
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (4 counts)
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (4 counts)
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device
  • Possession of a Firearm or Prohibited Device Knowing Its Possession is Unauthorized (5 counts)
  • Possession of a Firearm or Prohibited Device Contrary to Prohibition Order (5 counts)

The RCMP brought the man before the Antigonish Provincial Court on June 27; he was subsequently released on conditions by the court. He reappeared on September 28.

The investigation was led by the Antigonish County District RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the CBSA and Antigonish County District RCMP.

Serious and organized crime:
RCMP charge three men in relation to homicide in Yarmouth

At approximately 11:30 pm on May 24, 2021, Yarmouth Town RCMP were called to a home on King Street for a man who was suffering from a gunshot wound. Police located a 41-year-old male outside the residence. Emergency Health Services (EHS) attended, but the man succumbed to his injuries. His death was later determined to have been the result of a homicide.

In January 2022, the Southwest Nova RCMP Major Crime Unit charged three men in relation to the murder.

The first man, a 33-year-old from Yarmouth, was charged with 2nd Degree Murder. He was already in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility on other matters when he was arrested. He appeared in Yarmouth Provincial Court on January 25 and February 14, 2022.

The second man, a 38-year-old from Barrington, was charged with Assault with a Weapon. He, too, was already in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, also in relation to other matters, when he was arrested. He appeared in Yarmouth Provincial Court on January 25 and February 2, 2022.

The third man, a 68-year-old from Yarmouth, was charged with Accessory After the Fact to Discharging a Firearm. He was arrested on January 21, 2022, in Yarmouth. He appeared in Yarmouth Provincial Court on February 14, 2022.

Serious and organized crime:
Youth involved in Cole Harbour shooting charged

On October 30, 2022, Halifax District RCMP and EHS responded to a shooting at a party on Sedgemoor Court in Cole Harbour.

Responding officers and EHS located two 15-year-old victims. One victim had an apparent gunshot wound and was treated at the scene by officers and EHS before being transported to hospital. The second victim sustained minor injuries; he was treated at the scene by EHS and released.

The suspect, a male youth who was known to the victims, was later located by police and arrested.

On October 31, 2022, the RCMP/Halifax Regional Police Integrated Criminal Investigation Division charged the 17-year-old suspect with:

  • Attempt to Commit Murder
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Unsafe Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Intentionally Discharging a Firearm While Being Reckless (2 counts)
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition.

He appeared in Halifax Provincial Court on November 3, 2022.

Hate crime:
RCMP charge man with wilfully promoting hatred against any identifiable group

On September 8, 2020, Queens District RCMP received a complaint that a sign promoting hatred was visible from the roadway. Officers located the sign affixed to a cabin on Beaver Tail Lane. The next day, the owner of the cabin had the sign taken down.

On September 16, 2020, officers arrested the cabin owner, a 46-year-old man from Dartmouth, and subsequently seized the sign. The man was released pending further investigation.

On March 22, 2022, Queens District RCMP charged the man with Wilfully Promoting Hatred Against Any Identifiable Group. He appeared in Bridgewater Provincial Court on May 18, 2022.

Hate crime:
Increasing police officers’ hate crime awareness

The Nova Scotia RCMP is increasing hate crime awareness by offering hate crime training to all frontline police officers during mandatory block training.

Led by Sergeant Terry Faulkner of the Southwest Nova Major Crime Unit, the training is part of a proactive initiative to increase awareness and understanding when it comes to recognizing these types of crimes and the people who commit them.

Hate crime isn’t only a crime against an individual,” says Sergeant Faulkner, who draws on national case law and local experiences in his training. “It’s a crime against an entire community, and we want all communities to know police take hate-fueled incidents very seriously.

An informal working group has been established between the Nova Scotia RCMP, senior crown attorneys across the province, and the Halifax Regional Police. From time-to-time, members of the group discuss hate-related matters before the courts. Sergeant Faulkner also works with subject matter experts and anti-hate partners across the country.

Our goal is for our officers to be trained using best practices; we want them to be equipped to effectively identify and investigate reports of hate crime,” says Sergeant Faulkner. “And we want our communities to feel safer, knowing they can have full confidence in police.

First Nations policing:
Millbrook security and Millbrook RCMP work together

On the morning of September 24, 2022, when extratropical cyclone Fiona paid Nova Scotia a visit, Millbrook Detachment had well organized extra help to ensure the safety of its residents.

With power outages caused by the storm lasting from eight hours to three days, the Millbrook Public Safety Unit stepped up to assist the RCMP; the team managed road closures, traffic issues, and checked on elders in the community, enabling RCMP officers to focus on responding to 9-1-1 calls.

Established in 2021, the 14-member Public Safety Unit is charged with a variety of tasks. Besides emergency management, the unit applies action under the Indian Act; it enforces animal bylaws, band council resolutions, housing issues, noise complaints, and more. The unit is also entrusted with maintaining sacred fires, which are held for several days leading up to a funeral; they’re generally a week-long event and must be monitored 24 hours a day.

In a strong effort to promote public safety, members of the Public Safety Unit share a wealth of local knowledge about their tight-knit community with the RCMP. Acting as a conduit between police and residents, they quickly recognize if something is out of place and can pass information along to RCMP members.

Constable Dylan Bergmark, who’s originally from Prince Edward Island, has served in Fort Saint John, Dawson Creek, and Hopedale. He says the relationship is like nothing he’s seen before.

A bicycle rodeo held for the children of the community is evidence of the collaboration. The Public Safety Unit put the event together and located sponsors, while Constable Bergmark and Constable Barry Martin helped run it. And during a road hockey game, police officers, firefighters, the local crown council, and the unit took on 40 kids from the community, with the goal of breaking down barriers between police and youth.

Adam Francis, Bylaw Officer, Millbrook Security and Bylaw, says the Public Safety Unit is continuing to evolve in the community. A new marked truck is on order and due to arrive shortly. The team is moving to the province’s Trunked Mobile Radio system, allowing direct voice contact with the RCMP. And preparations are already under way to ensure the safety of attendees at upcoming North American Indigenous Games activities in Millbrook.

First Nations policing:
Mentoring and making a difference

Constable Kerry Seamone first thought about becoming a police officer when he was about eight years old. Not even in his wildest dreams, though, did he ever think it would actually happen. It took a few years, a special mentor, and commitment on his part to make his dream a reality.

Seamone grew up in Bridgewater and shortly after graduating high school, he found himself in North Bay, Ontario, pursuing a career in paramedicine. In 2015, he completed the paramedicine program and moved home to work as a paramedic. He also volunteered as a firefighter for the Midville and District Fire Department.

Seamone has a passion for helping people. So much so that when he crossed paths with Constable Gordie Giffin, an investigator with Lunenburg District RCMP, at a Canada Day event, he asked, “What does it take to become a Mountie?” Not long after exchanging phone numbers and chatting back and forth, Seamone applied to the RCMP.

Over the course of a year, Seamone and Giffin became good friends. There were times when Seamone had his doubts about joining the RCMP, but Giffin was quick to encourage him to keep going.

Much to his excitement, in 2022, Seamone was accepted into the RCMP’s cadet training program and he began the 26-week basic training course at Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Throughout his time at Depot, Seamone kept in close contact with Giffin, who was keen to support him throughout the entire process. As Seamone’s training was coming to an end, Giffin decided that he had to be there in person for graduation and didn’t hesitate to book a flight to Regina.

Seamone is now a constable in Eskasoni First Nation, the largest Mi’kmaq community in the world.

My goal is to support community policing by fully immersing myself in the culture, language and community events,” says Seamone.

When Seamone asked Giffin how he could ever repay him, Giffin simply replied, “Just pay it forward.

Giffin firmly believes in mentorship as a form of recruitment. “If every officer took one person under their wing, we could double our workforce across Canada.

Seamone hopes that through forming connections within the community, he will be able to do just that.

Special initiatives

Promoting off-highway vehicle safety in Nova Scotia

In 2022, RCMP officers across the province attended an increasing number of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) collisions. As a result, a social media campaign was launched to encourage Nova Scotians to keep safety top-of-mind while using off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

Every year, the RCMP responds to numerous fatal and serious injury collisions involving ATVs,” said Staff Sergeant Ben Parry of the Nova Scotia RCMP's Traffic Services Unit. “However, we heard from various detachments across the province that over the past few years, hardly a weekend goes by without a call to an ATV incident.

Provincial government statistics indicate there's been an 18% increase in OHV registrations between 2020 and 2021. There are approximately 50,000 registered OHVs in the province.

The data shows there are three main causes of major OHV events: impaired driving, speed, distracted operation of the vehicle, or a combination of all three,” said Staff Sergeant Parry. “Improper use of protective equipment, or not using it at all, is another risk.

The exact number of OHV collisions is unknown. Those that occur on private properties and trails are likely to be under-reported due to how the Motor Vehicle Act defines mandatory collision reporting; it applies to public roadways only.

When you get on an off-road vehicle, safety needs to be your number one priority,” said Staff Sergeant Parry. “Otherwise, your life – and the lives of others – is at risk. Ride sober. Don't speed. Pay attention. Operate the machine according to your skill level. And wear safety gear, including a proper helmet.

Those who violate the Off-Highway Vehicles Act could face a penalty of $200 to $2,000 for a first offence and have their vehicle seized. And if found to be impaired, they can be charged under the Criminal Code. If those 16 and under are found to be operating OHVs out of compliance with the Off-Highway Vehicles Act or the Motor Vehicle Act, parents or guardians are responsible.

The social media campaign ran from October to March.

Nova Scotia plays part in launching new RCMP fitness test

The RCMP developed the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) in 1989, and it became a standard part of the cadet recruitment process two years later. It’ll soon be replaced with a modernized, field-based fitness assessment.

In 2016, the RCMP Workplace Wellbeing Directorate’s National Fitness and Health Promotion Program partnered with the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Human Performance Research Team to modernize the physical employment standard for police duty. A research committee involving police officers, exercise physiologists, and learning and development specialists was formed.

Recognizing not all parts of the country have easy access to testing sites able to accommodate the PARE, it was determined that a field-based version of the fitness test would better meet the RCMP’s needs. The field tests could be rolled out across the country with very little equipment, with or without a gym.

In September 2022, Kyle Aucoin, Fitness and Health Promotion Advisor with the Nova Scotia RCMP, joined with his counterparts from across the country to trial the new assessment protocols. An old aircraft hanger at CFB Shearwater hosted nearly 80 members from the Atlantic region, who assisted in the fitness trial and the collection of data on the field test.

Nationwide, over 500 RCMP officers participated in both versions of the police fitness test.

Given the goal to make the delivery of the RCMP’s fitness test more flexible, and the positive feedback on the field test fitness trials, the field-based fitness test has replaced the RCMP’s PARE. In May 2023, gold-standard field test assessments began at RCMP Depot. And in fall 2023, the field test will be introduced across the county. Until then, PARE remains the current physical employment standard for regular members.

Provincial and district policing data

Cadets assigned to the Nova Scotia RCMP
Employees awarded Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medals
9-1-1 calls received by the Operational Communications Centre
Non-emergency calls received by the Operational Communications Centre
Number of calls responded to across the province

Call-outs: Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services

Halifax District
Northeast Nova District
Southwest Nova District
Other agency assists

Call-outs: Emergency Response Team

Halifax District
Northeast Nova District
Southwest Nova District
Other (federal files and other divisional and agency assists)

Call-outs: Underwater Recovery Team

Halifax District
Northeast Nova District
Southwest Nova District
Other (federal files and other divisional and agency assists)

Call-outs: Police Dog Services



Halifax District
Northeast Nova District
Southwest Nova District
Traffic Services

Charges and suspensions for impaired driving

Halifax District
Northeast Nova District
Southwest Nova District
Traffic Services

Summary offence tickets for stunting

Halifax District
Northeast Nova District
Southwest Nova District
Traffic Services

Community support and engagement

In 2022, the Nova Scotia RCMP participated in a variety of events across the province.

Five RCMP officers are marching down a road in red serge.

On July 9, the Government of Canada presented a formal apology to the No. 2 Construction Battalion in Truro. Members of the Nova Scotia RCMP attended the ceremony. All of our members in attendance are descendants of those soldiers.

A female police officer, who’s wearing glasses, is smiling at a young girl; the girl, who’s wearing an orange top, has long dark hair.

Since 2006, the Camp Courage: First Responders Society has been providing opportunities for girls aged 15 to 18 to gain first-hand insight into careers as first responders. In July, we welcomed the first-ever Indigenous Camp Courage to our training centre. Twenty-seven young women got to experience what it’s like to be an RCMP officer. They learned about specialty units, including Traffic Services and Police Dog Services, and the Forensic Identification Section asked them to identify fingerprints on a vehicle. Another popular activity was conducting building searches for hidden persons.

Several RCMP officers, carrying red and white flags, are riding black horses while wearing red serge.

In July, Bridgewater, Lawrencetown, Antigonish and Oxford hosted the RCMP Musical Ride.

An eagle feather is sitting in a red and blue folder; the folder has a yellow ribbon around it.

Eagle feathers are used in the same way as a Bible or affirmation and can offer comfort to victims of crime. Eagle feathers from various detachments were smudged at ceremonies across the province.

A male RCMP officer in red serge is standing beside a woman outdoors; both people are smiling at the camera.

Representatives from the Nova Scotia RCMP attended the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition ceremony at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre. On behalf of the RCMP, a rose was laid in remembrance of those who were enslaved.

An RCMP teepee is sitting in the yard of Nova Scotia RCMP headquarters; an office building is in the background.

On September 30, and through October, employees participate in events that recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Treaty Day and Mi'Kmaq History Month. Initiatives include raising the Mi’Kmaw Grand Council Flag at RCMP Nova Scotia headquarters and attending Sisters in Spirit Vigils.

A plain-clothes RCMP officer and a woman are demonstrating a self defense move while eleven other women look on.

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Corporal John Warrington and Constable (Retired) Brian Swallow shared their passion for martial arts and Kenpo Karate with 12 women at a self-defence class, which was hosted by the Preston Detachment. Self-defence training can improve awareness, boost confidence, help with physical and mental health, and increase personal safety.

Several RCMP members in red serge are marching along a downtown Halifax road. The town clock, and members of another police service, are in the background.

At the 40th annual Fallen Peace Officers’ Memorial on October 16, members marched proudly alongside their fellow peace officers in honour of their colleagues who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty. Constable Heidi Stevenson, who died in April 2020, was added to the list of names inscribed on the Fallen Peace Officers monument.

A male RCMP member in red serge is leaning over to place a wreath at the foot of a monument. Other people and wreaths are also pictured.

On December 6, 105 years after the Halifax Explosion, Insp. Jeremie Landry laid a wreath in honour of those who lost their lives, those whose lives were forever impacted, and those who were left behind to rebuild.

Two male RCMP officers in red serge are standing on opposite sides of Tim Houston, the premier of Nova Scotia.

Every year, Nova Scotia sends Bostonians a Christmas tree to thank them for the help they provided after the Halifax Explosion. RCMP Nova Scotia played a role in escorting the tree on part of its travels from Christmas Island to Boston, and members from Northeast Nova were proud to attend the Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting event.

A German shepherd police dog is sitting atop two boxes; the dog is surrounded by bags of boots and packages of new socks.

To help those in need, the Police Dog Services team gathered gently used boots and new socks from across the Division. The collection was donated to the Beacon House Interfaith Society.

Two hands, pictured close up, are holding a red ribbon and a MADD Canada brochure.

RCMP officers conducted educational checkpoints in support of MADD Canada’s Project Red Ribbon campaign. The annual initiative promotes sober driving throughout the holiday season, the busiest time of year on most social calendars. The checkpoint teams, which included MADD Canada volunteers and representatives from Kentville Police Service, the Nova Scotia SPCA, Greenwich Fire Department, and Emergency Health Services, handed out red ribbons and collected donations for local MADD Canada chapters.

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