Man pleads guilty to possession of police paraphernalia

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In May 2023, police searched two residences in Millville, Nova Scotia, and seized a number of police clothing and equipment that appeared authentic.

Photo: Cape Breton Regional Police Service


Published yesterday at 11:54 UTC

A Cape Breton man pleads guilty to charges under the Obsolete Police Equipment Management Act.

In May 2023, Colin James Penny was the first person charged under Nova Scotia’s new law when Cape Breton Regional Police seized police uniform parts, firearms and other items from his apartment following his arrest in Millville, Nova Scotia.

The law was created in response to the events of April 2020, in which a gunman posing as an RCMP officer killed 22 people. The law prohibits non-police officers from using equipment and uniforms to impersonate police officers.

Colin James Penny was arrested on May 12 following reports of a domestic dispute at an apartment building in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

He also faces weapons and assault charges, and is expected to appear on those charges next year.

Colin James Penny is expected to be sentenced under the Obsolete Police Equipment Management Act in June.

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