By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - The federal police force is investigating after someone swiped tens of thousands of dollars from a Halifax Regional Police social fund.
HRP members were informed of possible “irregularities” Monday in the Dedication to Duty fund, used to pay for the annual police gala and summer family events.
“The person … who co-manages the fund went to the bank and determined there had been some significant withdrawals from the account,” said HRP Chief Jean-Michel Blais on Tuesday evening.
HRP filed an initial complaint with the integrated RCMP/HRP financial crimes unit, but because of the potential for a conflict of interest, the case was turned over to the RCMP Federal Policing Financial Crime Section.
Blais said no HRP members are under investigation.
“This was a co-managed fund between somebody from within (HRP) and somebody without, and it’s the person from without that we have some concerns with,” he said.
Blais said the potential fraud affects the entire police force, and its perceived integrity.
“If we’re expected to do investigations in terms of fraud where members of the public have been defrauded, we have to be able to make sure that we can take care of our own shop as well,” he said.