Nova Scotia

Prominent Halifax police officer retiring

Halifax Regional Police say a long-time officer who was awarded a national medal for his work this year is stepping down.

Halifax Regional Police say a long-time officer who was awarded a national medal for his work this year is stepping down.

Supt. Stephen Sykes will retire March 31 after 39 years as a police officer in the Halifax area.

Sykes began his career with the now-defunct Dartmouth Police Department before joining the Halifax Regional Police.

Most recently, Sykes led the force's criminal investigation division.

The force described Sykes as a dedicated officer who played a major role in developing community policing programs and policing hundreds of major events, including a visit by former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2004.

Earlier this year, the force said Sykes was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions to policing and the community.

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