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Special Constable and Provincial Civil Constable: Appointments

Who Needs This Appointment?
  Anyone in Nova Scotia who is not a police officer, but is required to enforce very specific laws.
Issuing Department / Agency:
  N.S. Department of Justice, Public Safety and Security Division, Security Programs Office
Where can you get this Appointment and / or further information?
 

Contact:

Security Programs Office
Public Safety and Security
N.S. Department of Justice

 

Phone:

902-424-2905
or toll free 1-888-760-5577

 

E-mail:

secprog@gov.ns.ca
 

Website:

http://www.novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/private_security.asp
 

Visit:

Ground floor
5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, NS  B3J 2L7

 

Write:

PO Box 7
Halifax, NS  B3J 2L6

 

Fax:

902-424-4308

Application Forms & Process:
  An application for any of these appointments can be obtained online from the Department of Justice (see above.)

In all cases, the photograph must accompany the applications. (Please see Related Requirements, below.)

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the appointment will be sent to the employer (special constable) or applicant (provincial civil constable).

Waiting Period:
  An original application shall be reviewed and a determination made within 10-15 business days after a complete application has been received. An application is considered complete when all materials necessary to make a determination on the application and all requested materials have been received.
Expiry & Renewal:
 

Provincial Civil Constable - expires 2 years from the date of issue, and can be renewed. The individual must contact this office for the renewal application before the expiry date.

Special Constable - expires 3 years from the date of issue (no expiry for provincial government employees who require a special constable appointement)..

Price & Payment:  (No tax is charged)
 

Initial Application and Renewal:

Provincial Civil Constable $25.00 fee

Special Constable n/a

All fees are non-refundable.

Please pay by cheque or money order payable to the "Minister of Finance"

Related Requirements:
 

Provincial Civil Constable

  • must be 19 years of age or older.
  • be a Canadian citizen or a person with landed immigrant status or work visa;
  • have no disqualifying criminal history
  • one current full-face photograph (1 x 1 1/18 in size) of the person for whom application for a license is made.
  • the fee prescribed must accompany the application.
  • two letters of reference.
  • security bond or personnel bond in the amount of $2,000.
  • such other information as may be required.

Special Constables

  • must be 19 years of age or older.
  • be a Canadian citizen or a person with landed immigrant status or work visa;
  • have no disqualifying criminal history
  • one current full-face photographs(1 x 1 1/18 in size) of the person for whom application for an appointment is made.
  • such other information as may be required.
  • to issue parking tickets within the metro area , the application must be first submitted to the Halifax Regional Municipality, Parking Enforcement for approval before it is forwarded to this office.
  • to issue parking tickets outside the Halifax Regional Municipality, check with your resoective municipal council for approval before the application is forwarded to this office.
Additional Information:
 

None

Legislative Authority:
 

Nova Scotia Police Act and Regulations.

N.S. Police Services Act, Chapter 349 of the Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989.

Criminal Code of Canada

Last Updated: October 2011

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