The story of E502

Brittney Teasdale photo

E502 is the name of the police patrol sub-zone that encompasses Pinecrest-Highfield Park and adjacent neighbourhoods in North Dartmouth. From 2006 to 2010, seven per cent of all serious calls came from E502 , even though the area has about 3.5 per cent of the population of the Halifax Regional Police service area.

The neighbourhood is not only plagued by crime, but has some of the lowest incomes in metro, some of the highest rates of use of government assistance and large numbers of single-parent families, most headed by women. The numbers help tell the story, but E502 has another side. Men, women and young people who work to make the community a better place.

You can read about that in the accompanying piece in The Coast, and in a unique multimedia feature prepared by Brittney Teasdale and Lily Sangster.

To begin, click here or on the map image. You can explore the area using Google satellite view, then click on the (902)9-1-1 icons to see and hear the stories of a community that struggles, but has good stories to tell too. It’s a side of the “dark side” that you may not have seen before.

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