Truro of­fi­cers Hearn and Smith pro­moted

Changes come about for deputy chief and in­spec­tor fol­low­ing Jim Flem­ming’s re­tire­ment

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - LYNN CURWIN [email protected]­ @truro­daily

TRURO, N.S. — Two of­fi­cers with Truro Po­lice Ser­vice were re­cently pro­moted. Rob Hearn took over the po­si­tion of deputy po­lice chief and Dar­rin Smith re­placed Hearn as in­spec­tor.


When Rob Hearn was hired for a three-month term with Truro Po­lice no one sus­pected he’d be named deputy chief 23 years later.

“I came be­cause I had a chance to work here, but I chose to stay be­cause I liked it,” he said.

Hearn, who grew up in Harbour Grace, N.L., had an un­cle who was a deputy chief in the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary. When he was 14 Hearn de­cided he wanted to be a po­lice of­fi­cer. He went to Memo­rial Univer­sity and joined the Cana­dian Armed Forces Re­serves.

“Chief Ma­clean met me at the academy and he asked if I’d be in­ter­ested in three months em­ploy­ment in Truro,” he said.

Hearn stayed with the ser­vice, spend­ing the last eight years as in­spec­tor on the 36-mem­ber force.

“One of the things I re­ally like is the com­mu­nity sup­port for po­lice here, and that it’s a safe com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Polic­ing has be­come a lot more di­verse over the years. We deal with a lot of is­sues, from bark­ing dogs to se­ri­ous crimes.”

He was named deputy chief this month, re­plac­ing Jim Flem­ming, who re­tired in Oc­to­ber. In his new role, he hopes to be in­volved in more out­reach, and will work to keep costs to a min­i­mum while main­tain­ing strong part­ner­ships with other po­lice ser­vices.

Hearn’s chil­dren grew up in Truro. His daugh­ter is now a stu­dent at Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege and his son re­cently grad­u­ated from Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre.

In his free time, the for­mer K9 of­fi­cer en­joys spend­ing time with his new Ger­man shepherd pup, as well as play­ing golf and trav­el­ling.


Dar­rin Smith is get­ting used to be­ing in uni­form again.

Af­ter spend­ing time as a plain­clothes detective sergeant in the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit, he re­cently moved on to the role of in­spec­tor.

“I wanted to join the mil­i­tary since I was 13,” said Smith, who grew up in Re­serve Mines, Cape Bre­ton. “When I was 17, I thought I’d like to join the po­lice.”

He was posted to CFB Corn­wal­lis and Cal­gary, and worked as prison se­cu­rity at the Cana­dian Forces Ser­vice Prison and De­ten­tion Bar­racks be­fore be­ing posted to the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice in Hal­i­fax. He ap­plied to Truro Po­lice Ser­vice and was hired in 2002.

“I like in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and I like the unique cir­cum­stances,” he said. “We’re al­ways able to do some­thing ben­e­fi­cial.”

With the Truro ser­vice, he’s worked in com­mu­nity polic­ing, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He also be­came a trainer for the men­tal health re­silience for first re­spon­ders pro­gram.

“Any­thing I could to be­come more well-rounded, I took the op­por­tu­nity,” he said. “I en­joy learn­ing.”

Part of his job in­volves in­ter­act­ing with the com­mu­nity, but he also does that in his free time. He plays sports and he’s coached base­ball, hockey and soccer.


Detective Sergeant Dar­rin Smith, an 18-year vet­eran of the Truro Po­lice Ser­vice, has been cho­sen as the new in­spec­tor. He took over the po­si­tion af­ter Rob Hearn moved on to be­come deputy chief.


Rob Hearn is Truro’s new deputy po­lice chief. With 23 years in the ser­vice, he re­places Jim Flem­ming, who re­tired in Oc­to­ber.

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