N.S. shooting investigation : Halifax police chief to testify | Portapique massacre: Nova Scotia in mourning

N.V. shooting investigation: Halifax police chief to testify moignera | Portapique massacre: Nova Scotia in mourning

Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella at a press conference on October 17, 2019.

The Halifax Regional Police Chief is due to answer questions Thursday after -noon before the April 2020 Independent Mass Casualty Commission.

Dan Kinsella is expected to be questioned at approximately 2 p.m. about his department's working relationship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Halifax Regional Police Service in response to the murderous two-day run that ended on April 19, 2020 after claiming the lives of 22 people.

The coordination between the RCMP and municipal police forces during the massacre was a point of contention during the investigation.

Both Halifax and Truro Police Services participated in the RCMP-led response.

In September 2021, a wellness report commissioned by the RCMP and completed by an Ottawa-based consulting group noted that RCMP personnel said that there was an ongoing turf battle over operational control and funding between the Halifax Regional Police and the Nova Scotia RCMP.

According to a redacted version of the report released during the inquest, Nova Scotia RCMP personnel reported major malfunctions before the murderous run.

The report indicates that several participants interviewed said that members of the RCMP were doing their best to partner with the Halifax police, but that the leaders of this police service were doing everything in their power to undermine and break the relationship with the police. RCMP in order to have access to more resources from the municipality and the province.

In her testimony Tuesday, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said, however, that she was unaware that the wellness report was complete and that ;she had seen the report for the first time in June of this year.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki on day two of her testimony before the April 2020 Independent Mass Casualty Commission, Wednesday in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In his June testimony before the inquest, Truro Police Chief David MacNeil said the Nova Scotia RCMP did not ask him to send additional help during the shooting, even though his officers had been trained to deal with active shooters and were among those closest to the suspect.

He said that if he had been asked, he would certainly have called his police officers for help. According to Mr. MacNeil, the latter had rifles in their patrol vehicles and had been trained to use them.

On Monday, retired RCMP commander for the province, Lee Bergerman, was asked if organizational issues between the RCMP and city police had affected the police response to the incident. the slaughter. She answered no.

Following the tragedy, 'it became clear that it was best to distance ourselves from the RCMP because we get a lot of public criticism,' said Mrs Bergerman.

According to her, pressure from the RCMP to establish province-wide policing standards has created a wedge between the RCMP, the Department of Justice and municipal police services.

When asked why this would cause tension, Ms. Bergerman replied that a municipal police chief should be asked. She pointed out, however, that provincial policing standards would likely require municipalities to have specialized police units, which could be costly.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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