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Government Enforcement Agent (Investigator)

Date: Feb 5, 2021

Location: SYDNEY, NS, CA, B1P 6W2

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28999 

Department: Justice

Location: SYDNEY

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/26/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Public Safety Division is dedicated to providing service based on mutual respect, consultation and collaboration with Government, our stakeholders and the diverse communities we serve. We are committed to continuous improvement and to being just and fair in our efforts to reduce crime and its effects. We strive to enhance public confidence in the justice system.


About Our Opportunity


As member of the Public Safety Investigative Section (PSIS) and under the guidance of the Manager – Public Safety Investigations, as Government Enforcement Agent, you are responsible for conducting plainclothes/undercover investigations and enforcement activities in high crime neighbourhoods and communities targeting the properties of individuals, groups and/or organizations which are being habitually used for a specified use as defined in the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act (SCNA). This Act provides a tool to fight crime in neighbourhoods threatened by the following illegal activities: illegal drugs, illegal sale of alcohol, prostitution and illegal gaming.


In addition, you respond to complaints under the Intimate Images and Cyber Protection Act by assisting victims and providing mediation services. Furthermore, you conduct investigations under the maintenance enforcement act and provide internal government investigations and assist with security clearance investigations.


Primary Accountabilities


-Conducts provincial statute investigations targeting individuals who are involved in the activities specified in the SCNA. Compiles and completes detailed confidential reports for unit records, evidentiary purposes, court purposes, dissemination to federal, provincial, and municipal law enforcement and intelligence agencies by documenting and recording classified information and intelligence based on covert observations, in-depth interviews of complainants, and any other sources the Government Enforcement Agent may use.


-Provides assistance to individuals and groups submitting applications under the SCNA and the Intimate Images and Cyber Protection Act, provides evidence to the Courts for applications under the SCNA and IICPA, and testifies in Court regarding an Order of Closure and/or an Order of Removal.


-Collaborates with provincial and federal law enforcement agencies, Crown agencies, municipal governments and public support agencies to ensure effective application of the SCNA program, sharing of confidential information and development of strong interagency co-operation.


-Conducts Investigations on behalf of the Director of the Maintenance Enforcement Program utilizing a variety of investigative techniques including social media, surveillance, and field investigation.


-Conducts internal investigations for the Department of Justice as directed by the Director including respectful workplace investigations, internal audit, and any other internal investigation as directed by the Director.


-Responsible for the safe handling, storage, transportation and maintenance of his/her firearm, other restricted weapons including O.C. spray and extendable baton, and any technological equipment belonging to the Section.


-Assists management in the development of the Public Safety Investigations Section’s operational planning requiring a knowledge of both the Government’s and the Public Safety and Security Division’s planning, as well as emerging issues in relation to public safety provincially and nationally.


-Briefs the manager of Public Safety Investigations accordingly to ensure the Province is able to meet its goals and objectives within the SCNA and security programs.


Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this vacancy, you possess a university degree and have successfully completed law enforcement training (Atlantic Police Academy, RCMP Depot or Military Police training), along with five to ten years of policing experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, including two to five years of experience in a specialized drug, vice, street crime or intelligence unit conducting covert, plainclothes investigations.


You have extensive knowledge and practical application of the following:


-law enforcement principles, practices and techniques;

-federal and provincial legislation, statutes, regulations and policies related to enforcement and intelligence gathering;

-investigative, interview and covert surveillance techniques, theories and practices;

-court and legal processes and procedures. 


You also possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills demonstrating the ability to establish productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical ThinkingAction Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



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


  • In this position you are required to work irregular hours including nights and weekends in high crime, urban and rural areas.
  • Will be required to work overtime.
  • Stressful work environment given extensive exposure to high emotional issues.
  • May interact with violent individuals could ultimately result in the need to use force to carry out one’s duties including the use of firearms.
  • The need to carry equipment up to 20 kilograms during an investigation is required.
  • May work alone in confined spaces without breaks and in extreme weather and temperature conditions. There is a requirement to crawl, climb, work at heights over ten feet and carry equipment weighing up to 20 kg.


Additional Information


This is a permanent, full-time position based in Sydney, Nova Scotia.


You must be eligible for a heightened security clearance (Secret) and authorized to carry a firearm, O.C. spray and extendable baton. You must also possess a valid driver’s license.


You will be required to attend, and successfully complete position specific training including use of force, firearms and surveillance training and will be appointed as a Special Constable pursuant to the Police Act 2006.


The Government Enforcement Agent is to maintain the necessary Security Clearance rating as required by law enforcement and government intelligence agencies.


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $2,932.88 - $3,657.49 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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