SIRT begins investigation into sexual assault allegation made against Halifax police officer

Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating an allegation of sexual assault made against a male member of the Halifax Regional Police.

“On June 30, a female alleged she was sexually assaulted by the male officer who had arrested her earlier that evening,” SIRT said in a news release. “It is alleged the assault took place in the vehicle while being transported to HRP cells.”

Halifax police contacted SIRT, which has assumed responsibility for the investigation. The Police Act gives SIRT sole jurisdiction over the investigation of sexual assault allegations made against police officers.

The Police Act requires the SIRT director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months.