Halifax (N.S.). Police Department

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Halifax (N.S.). Police Department

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1841 - 1996


Policing in Halifax began in 1749 with a Day Watch of peace officers. A Night Watch was formed in 1799 in response to a series of break-and-enters. When Halifax incorporated as a city in 1841, a Police Department of nine men was set up under a City Marshall, with the Night Watch remaining separate. In 1864 they combined under the City Marshall, later the Chief of Police. The Department continued to exist until 1996, when it was merged with the Dartmouth and Bedford police departments to form the Halifax Regional Police.


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Access points area

Subject access points

Place access points


Control area

Authority record identifier

Institution identifier

HRM Archives

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Halifax Regional Municipality. "History - Halifax Police - HRM." Halifax Regional Municipality. http://www.halifax.ca/Police/AboutHRP/history.html (accessed March 12, 2007).
Halifax Regional Municipality. "Criminal Investigation Division." Halifax Regional Municipality. http://www.halifax.ca/Police/AboutHRP/CriminalInvestigationDivision.html (accessed March 28, 2007).
Halifax Regional Municipality. "Get Informed - Halifax Regional Police - HRM." Halifax Regional Municipality. http://www.halifax.ca/Police/getinformed.html (accessed March 28, 2007).

Maintenance notes

  • Clipboard

  • Export

  • EAC

Related subjects

Related places