Nova Scotia working on legislation to regulate sale of used police vehicles
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia is drafting legislation around the sale of used police vehicles and equipment, after a man driving a replica RCMP cruiser killed 22 people last April.
Justice Minister Mark Furey told reporters following a cabinet meeting Thursday the legislation will regulate how police vehicles are decommissioned, which will include, he said, ensuring they are stripped of equipment and decals.
"We are certainly aware of the previous circumstances and the most recent circumstances," Furey said.
The minister made the comments a day after the Mounties said a 23-year-old suspect from Antigonish, N.S., may have driven a vehicle that looked like an unmarked police car and pulled over drivers.
The vehicle in question, a white 2013 Ford Taurus, is similar to the car Gabriel Wortman used during his 13-hour, deadly rampage in northern and central Nova Scotia on April 18-19, 2020.
Furey noted that under current law it's illegal to impersonate a police officer.
"When it comes to police articles and decommissioned police vehicles there is certainly some work to do to fine-tune that legislation and the ability to mitigate and prevent, as best we can, access to this equipment that is used to mock-up police vehicles." he said.
Furey said there are no plans to ban the sale of decommissioned police vehicles despite calls by the Opposition Progressive Conservatives to prohibit those sales.
He said RCMP and municipal police services have been consulted and are in support of the government's draft legislation.
Furey is recommending the Liberal government table a bill during the next sitting of the legislature.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021.