Finding peace in Hants
After career filled with carnage with Halifax police, retired officer enjoying life at home
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.”
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.