RCMP officer charged with assault

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The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) has laid three charges of assault against a member of the Sackville RCMP.

Const. Zeran (Justin) Hutson Simmonds, 30, will appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Feb. 20 to face charges of assaulting his partner. The charges against the five-year officer relate to incidents between Dec. 30, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013.

Shortly after midnight on Jan. 5, a woman made a 911 call to police. The call came from the Beaver Bank home of a male RCMP member. RCMP immediately responded and placed the officer under arrest. In accordance with the Police Act, the RCMP called SIRT, which assumed responsibility for the investigation.

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.

The team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.

A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.

Organizations: RCMP, Beaver Bank

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Dartmouth

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  • Dave R
    January 11, 2013 - 18:46

    Why is the province wasting the tax payers money on SIRT? Isn't this just going to be another case involving a police officer that gets charged with assult, is found guilty, gets no sentence and gets no criminal record? Why even charge him at all? These clowns need be used as an examples. After all, aren't they the people that are supposed to be protecting the public from such things? If anyone from the general public was arrested and found guilty, I bet they would get sentenced and have a criminal record. Yet, the officers involved in these cases are able to arrest and charge people for the same things that they get away with. Isn't the term for this..... Hypocrite? Sure, some may get suspended, but suspended with pay, a vacation. And where are the judges in such cases. They're just as bad. It really does depend on who you are.