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Councillor motion to ask for report into Halifax's shared policing model

Two councillors are welcoming the review into how policing is delivered in HRM
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Halifax Regional Police headquarters ( file photo)

A motion coming to council Tuesday will ask for a review of HRM's joint policing model. 

Since amalgamation in 1996 Halifax Regional Police and the RCMP have split responsibilities around the municipality. 

The review, being asked for by Dartmouth councillor Tony Mancini, would do a deep dive into the effectiveness of that model. 

"This review would provide a comprehensive evaluation that will allow councillors to better understand the strengths and areas of possible improvement for the current system," the motion reads. 

District 13 councillor Pam Lovelace says it's an important conversation to have. 

"Being able to talk about the model we currently have and perhaps updating that to deliver safer communities, to deliver more integrated policing services, to understand how HRP and RCMP are providing equitable services across HRM or how they can look at those community safety standards overall," Lovelace said.

North end Halifax councillor Lindell Smith says he wants to know if the split policing model is serving residents. 

"Some would say yes, some would say no," Smith suggested. "Let's actually get the data and see if it's really serving communities like we think it should."

Council is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Mark Hodgins

About the Author: Mark Hodgins

Mark Hodgins is an Ontario-born Haligonian. A graduate of the Loyalist College journalism program, he’s been with NEWS 95.7 since 2016. Mark is a lover of sports, politics and video games.
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