October 15, 2021 | by: isaacpiotrowski

Nova Scotia Introduces Changes to Allow its Independent Police Watchdog to Act as the Oversight Body for New Brunswick



The Nova Scotia government has introduced changes to allow its independent police watchdog to also act as the oversight body for New Brunswick.


Changes to the Police Act will allow Nova Scotia to enter into partnership agreements with other provinces and permit its Serious Incident Response Team to provide police oversight in those regions on a continuing basis.


They will also make clear that the director of SIRT retains the authority to conduct investigations in other jurisdictions related to a specific incident or event.


New Brunswick and Nova Scotia announced an agreement in principle earlier this month (October 2021) for SIRT to act as the police oversight body for both provinces with the partnership expected to start  in 2022.