A Halifax Regional Police officer charged with extortion will be allowed to leave the city for Christmas.

Const. Jeffrey Buchanan, 29, has been confined to his Dartmouth home on $15,000 bail after he was arrested earlier this month. Court documents claim he tried to extort $5,100 from a convicted drug dealer while on duty.

Buchanan made a brief appearance in Halifax provincial court yesterday to ask for a variance on his bail so he could visit his father’s house in Sydney for the holidays. Both the Crown lawyer and judge consented to the variance.

Buchanan will be allowed to go to Sydney from Dec. 21 to Jan. 5.

Buchanan has been suspended from his duties but is eligible to receive pay for at least 60 days.

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