Pictou County is considered a safe place to live, with limited crime. We are protected by the RCMP and various police departments, and by the dedicated first responders and emergency professionals in our community.


For nearly 150 years, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been Canada's national police service. In Pictou County, there are two RCMP Detachments are located in Pictou (38 Caladh Ave) and in Stellarton (177 North Foord St). These detachments are responsible for policing in the Town of Pictou, and the Municipality of Pictou County (which includes our highways). Visit for more information about the services provided.
RCMP Nova Scotia webpage
RCMP Nova Scotia Facebook page

Police Officers
In Pictou County, there are 3 municipal police forces:  
Stellarton Police Department
250 S Foord St, Stellarton
Emergency 911
(902) 752-6160

Westville Police Service
2042 Queen Street, Westville
Emergency 911
(902) 396-2777

New Glasgow Regional Police (responsible for Trenton as well)
225 Park Street, New Glasgow
Emergency 911
Non-Emergency: (902) 752-1941

Fire and rescue services are provided by the 25 fire departments and 1 industrial fire department (Michelin) throughout Pictou County. Our fire halls are also a gathering place for community events, which take place throughout the year.

Emergency Department at the Aberdeen Hospital
Emergency departments (EDs) and their staff are an essential part of the province’s health care system, quickly assessing and managing patients with unexpected illness or injury. The emergency room at the Aberdeen Hospital (835 East River Road, New Glasgow) provides 24/7 access to emergency services

EHS (Emergency Health Services) 
In Nova Scotia, EHS provides emergency response via ground ambulance and our Life Flight helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. 

Emergency Management Office 
The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is responsible for emergency planning and coordinating emergency responses. The office works with municipal authorities to help plan for emergencies, coordinate provincial resources when there is an emergency and help with analysis and evaluation after an emergency. We also administer the provincial emergency 911 service.
Link to NS Emergency Management Facebook page

Slow Down, Move Over Law
In Nova Scotia, if you see an emergency vehicle pulled over with its lights flashing, slow down to 60 km/h or obey the speed limit if it’s lower than 60 km/h. If you’re on a road with 2 or more lanes in your direction, you must also move into another lane farther away from the stopped vehicle if you can do so safely. You don’t need to slow down or move over if the vehicle is on the other side of the median on a divided highway.

This law has been updated to include public safety officers and tow truck drivers as well as emergency personnel, conservation officers and motor vehicle inspectors.