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Former police officer appointed lead cyberbullying unit

Nova Scotia's unique law intended to crack down on cyberbullying will be tested in a Halifax courtroom for the first time later today. Mike Fuentes/Getty Images

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s justice minister has appointed the director of his department’s public safety investigations to lead a new unit that will investigate cyberbullying.

Ross Landry says Roger Merrick has been named the director of the team of five investigators, set to be in operation this fall.

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Merrick, a former police officer, also runs the civil forfeiture unit and the provincial firearms safety program.

The unit will investigate all complaints of cyberbullying, whether the victim is a youth or an adult.

Landry says it can attempt to resolve complaints informally by contacting the people involved, or it can seek a cyberbullying prevention order that would force someone to stop communicating with another.

If criminal charges are warranted, the unit will refer the case to police.

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