Halifax: Nova Scotia’s government has launched a review into policing, six months after a public inquiry raised wide-ranging criticisms of the RCMP’s performance in the province.

Justice Minister Brad Johns said the review responds to a recommendation from the inquiry into the April 2020 mass shootings in Nova Scotia that resulted in 22 people killed.

The inquiry called for the creation of a council to make recommendations on the “future structure of policing” that could be implemented before the province’s agreement with the RCMP expires in 2032.

Johns said the government will appoint a police review advisory committee and an outside consultant, and that they will work together to produce a report by 2025.

He says in a release that the process will “potentially” recommend changes for how policing services are delivered.

The committee will be co-chaired by Clare MacLellan, retired Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice, and Hayley Crichton, director of public safety and security with the Department of Justice. — The Canadian Press

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