The Truro Police Service is divided into a variety of unique and separate sections.
The sections are as follows:
- Patrol Section
- Criminal Investigation Division
- Forensic Identification Section
- Drug Enforcement Unit
- K-9 Service
- Traffic Service
- Community Enhancement Division
- School Resource Officers
- The patrol section is the uniformed first responders to calls for service.
- The Patrol Section provides 24-hour service to the community.
- There are four platoons and each of these platoons are supervised by a Sergeant and a Corporal.
- There are five members assigned to each platoon who work 12-hour shifts, four days on and then four days off.
- This section comprises the largest portion of the Truro Police Service.
Criminal Investigation Section
- The Criminal Investigation Division is a plain-clothes section within the Truro Police Service and is responsible for the investigations requiring longer periods of time for completion. These investigations may lead to charges.
- The Criminal Investigation Division is known to many as the Detective Section. The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for investigations such as homicide, sexual assaults, robbery, thefts, break and enters, frauds, and numerous other Criminal Code offences.
- The Criminal Investigation Division has a very good relationship with police agencies across Canada and also with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- Forensic Identification Services is committed to assisting in the identification of persons responsible for the commission of offences through the lawful collection, analysis and preservation of physical evidence for presentation in a court of law.
- The Forensic Identification Officer is responsible for the examination and photography of crime scenes and searching for physical evidence which will assist investigators in bringing a case to a successful conclusion.
Drug Enforcement Unit
- The Drug Enforcement Unit has various investigative functions, ranging from criminal code activities such as frauds, sexual assaults, thefts, and break and entry, to all levels of illegal drug offences under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. Many hours are spent collecting and verifying information received from the public in regard to illegal drug and criminal activities in the community, which assist this section in the apprehension of suspects engaged in criminal activities.
- The Truro Police Drug Enforcement Unit has a good working relationship with the surrounding municipal police services as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, often working together on the law enforcement of illegal activities in the community.
- The enforcement of controlled drugs and substances and criminal code laws are continuously changing. This is primarily due to the fact that the courts hand down decisions which affect the laws of search and seizure, and that criminals and drug dealers become better aware of more sophisticated ways of carrying out illegal acts. Officers in the Truro Drug Enforcement Unit are involved continuously in adapting and overcoming challenges and obstacles in the fight to maintain a drug-free environment for the citizens of Truro. The officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit encourage the citizens of Truro and the surrounding area to join them in the fight against those who attempt to poison our youth with drugs.
- The Truro Police Service K9 section was established in 1994. The current K9 handler is CST. Scott MILBURY and (PSD) police service dog ONYX.
- ONYX is trained in several different profiles which include Obedience, Aggression, Tracking, Building searching, Article Searching, and Narcotics searching.
- The Truro Police Service Traffic Services was established on April 1st, 2006. The section is responsible for education and enforcement under the Motor Vehicle Act, serious motor vehicle accidents, and various issues regarding driving and pedestrian complaints within the town of Truro.
- The traffic section works in conjunction with the local traffic authority in maintaining a safe community for both motorists and pedestrians alike.
- Traffic Services educates the community through the media and workshops with various topics from speed zones, crosswalk safety, and child seat belt safety just to mention a few.
- It is the goal of the section to reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions by addressing the traffic safety concerns of the community.
Community Enhancement Division
The Truro Police Service is a community-based policing service and welcomes community participation in policing. We offer a wide variety of services and programs to our community. Our Community Relations Section offers programs to any interested schools or organizations within the Town of Truro on topics such as drug awareness, Halloween safety, and seniors' safety. Some of the community programs and information available are:
- Anti-Bike Theft
- Bike Safety
- Business Security
- Child Abuse Prevention
- Child Safety
- Drug Awareness
- Fraud Alert
- Home Security
- Citizen's Aware Program
- Senior Citizen Protection
- Street Proofing
- Victim Assistance
- Women's Safety
- Peer Pressure
School Resource Officers
- The Truro Police Service School Resource Officers are assigned on a full-time basis to area schools. The School Resource Officers work with students, staff, parents and the community to identify and address School-related issues. The role of the School Resource Officers is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for both students and staff. The School Resource Officers also act as a resource to students, staff and parents through counselling, classroom lectures and the distribution of resource material.
- The School Resource Officers work to build stronger relationships and rapport with the youth, community and police. Having a visible presence in our schools is a proactive approach to reducing violence, bullying, drugs and other criminal activities.
- Constable Kelly Quinn is currently assigned to the Cobequid Educational Centre (Senior High School).
- Constable Karen DeGroot is currently assigned to the Truro Junior High School, the Town's elementary schools, as well as the École acadienne de Truro (Grade Primary - 12 School).