Nova Scotia

Cape Breton police chief dies

The head of the Cape Breton Regional Police Services died suddenly on Saturday.
Myles Burke had been a police officer for 30 years. (Cape Breton Regional Police Services)

The head of the Cape Breton Regional Police Services died suddenly on Saturday.

Myles Burke, 49, became chief in 2009 and had been in policing for about 30 years. He had previously worked in the New Glasgow Police Department and in the Calgary Police Service.  

"This is obviously very difficult," said Deputy Chief Peter McIsaac in a media release. "First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the chief’s family. Our service, and this community, has lost one of its greatest leaders."

Cape Breton police said Burke died in a car parked at a Halifax hotel. The cause of death was not immediately released, but police said it was not suspicious. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday. 

Further details regarding funeral arrangements will be released when they become available, police said. Burke was married and had two daughters.

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