Truro officers Hearn and Smith promoted
Changes come about for deputy chief and inspector following Jim Flemming’s retirement
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.