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Team Commander (Designated Vacancy)



Competition # : 33399 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Contract

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/6/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


In accordance with our employment equity policy, and in support of our diversity goals, this vacancy is designated for females in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented and who identify as either Indigenous, African Nova Scotian and/or racially visible groups or Caucasian.

About Us


The Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) independently investigates all serious incidents which arise from the actions of police in Nova Scotia. There does not have to be an allegation of wrongdoing. If an incident meets the Team's mandate, the Team will conduct a thorough and objective investigation to determine what happened. Upon completion, a public report containing a summary of the facts of the matter, the conclusions, and the reasons for those findings will be released. SiRT is independent of the police and government, gives general direction over all investigations, and is the final decision maker.


The Team's ultimate goal, at all times, is to ensure the public will trust the team's work, have confidence in its findings, be assured of its integrity, and gain comfort from its independence.


For more information on the Serious Incident Response Team please visit our website:

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director in charge of the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT), the Team Commander will be part of a civilian led team responsible for investigating incidents under Section 26 of the Police Act. This includes incidents or complaints involving serious injury, death, or sexual assault of any person, or any matter of public interest concern, that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.

Primary Accountabilities


Upon receiving an assignment from the SiRT Director, the Team Commander, in consultation with the Director, will determine the resources and methodology required to carry out an efficient investigation, including the need to evaluate the demand for specialized assistance and support, eg. identification or other forensic services, surveillance, and generally determine what evidence is required, and will lead a multi-agency team in conducting the investigation. Other accountabilities include:


-gathers and analyses evidence in accordance with the prescribed rules of evidence and the law, with respect to recognized investigative procedures, and, as directed by the operating procedures of the SIRT.

-prepares comprehensive reports of investigations and makes recommendations to the Director regarding action taken relative to investigations.

-organizes and produces disclosure information packages in accordance with standardized procedures and policies for court purposes, and provides all information obtained during the investigation to the Director.

-appears as a witness and gives evidence during criminal trials, fatality inquiries, or any other form of hearings (if required).

Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you hold a Bachelor’s degree and minimum 5 years investigative experience at a senior level in the law enforcement field. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered. The requirements of this vacancy include:


-Formal training and experience in the major case management model and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the methods and techniques involved in criminal investigations.

-Excellent knowledge of the Criminal Code of Canada and other relevant federal or provincial statues.

-Experience in preparing and presenting cases for the Court system, and, knowledge of the rules of evidence as they relate to the collection and preservation of evidence.

-Experience working in an investigative function in an integrated or multi-agency environment, along with demonstrated supervisory and team building skills, are a requirement for this position.


A Team Commander must demonstrate good judgement, integrity, objectivity, tact, and strong ethical values. You also possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and demonstrate understanding and sensitivity to the needs of all persons involved in the investigative process and to the public and its communities.


Bilingualism (English/French) would be considered an asset.


Candidates will be assessed for the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.

Working Conditions


This position may involve irregular working hours, including nighttime and weekend work; and, considerable travel, at times during inclement weather. The incumbent will be required to hold a valid driver’s license and pass all appropriate background clearance checks.

Additional Information


This is an Order in Council Appointment and will be a five-year term.


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,368.38 - $4,220.16 Bi-Weekly   



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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to