Find­ing peace in Hants

Af­ter ca­reer filled with car­nage with Hal­i­fax po­lice, re­tired of­fi­cer en­joy­ing life at home

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA

Tom Thomp­son says Hants County has be­come his se­cu­rity blan­ket af­ter a ca­reer filled with car­nage in the Hal­i­fax Po­lice De­part­ment.

It’s his home, his sanc­tu­ary and it’s his dis­trac­tion from the chaos he en­dured while in the front lines of Hal­i­fax’s crime world.

With an arm­ful of old news- papers, where he’s man­aged to find him­self on the front page dur­ing ma­jor events in the city, Thomp­son opens up about the im­pact his life in polic­ing has had on him.

“There was this lit­tle guy, and his mother was dy­ing of breast can­cer and she let him go next door to play with his friend. A per­son came around the cor­ner with a steak knife and the first blow went right be­tween the skull and the scalp as far as the knife would go, I’m talk­ing a four-yearold kid,” Thomp­son said, his voice break­ing a cou­ple of times.

“He put his hand up like that,” he said, ges­tur­ing with his arm. “And it went right through his hand, in through his scalp and skull and the tip of the knife was lodged in his brain. Well, you just don’t go home and have sup­per af­ter that.”

PHOTO BY COLIN CHISHOLM

Tom Thomp­son, who lives in New­port Sta­tion, opens up about the im­pact his life in polic­ing has had on him per­son­ally. The trauma, the chaos and the heal­ing.

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