Nova Scotia is setting up an independent investigative unit to examine possible police misconduct in the province.

Justice Minister Ross Landry says the unit will be comprised of seven positions and help bring a level of accountability to the justice system "that Nova Scotians have asked for."

The unit will be arms-length and independent of police.

Frank Beazley, chief of Halifax Regional Police, says he fully supports the concept of an independent unit.

He says it will help bring more impartiality and transparency to the process of investigating police matters and bolster the public's confidence in the system.

The province is consulting with other Atlantic provinces, lead agencies and other interested groups about the possibility of developing an Atlantic investigative unit.