RNC officer under scrutiny by N.S. investigators after sexual assault complaint

The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating a male Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) officer for an alleged sexual assault.

The interim Director for SIRT Nova Scotia, John Scott, says the alleged incident is said to have happened several years ago.

Scott says the complainant is a woman.

He says officers from the Halifax Regional Police force came to Newfoundland in September and conducted interviews. 

Scott says the investigation is ongoing, but should be concluded by Christmas.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, RNC Chief Joe Boland said the complaint was received over the summer and that was when he contacted the justice department, asking for an independent investigation.

“Criminal conduct should not be assumed because SIRT is conducting an investigation,” Boland wrote in the statement.

“I await the findings of SIRT and assure the public that inappropriate or unprofessional behaviour has no place at the RNC.”

It’s the second time this week there’s been confirmation of an RNC officer being investigated. 

On Monday, the RNC told CBC that a member of the force is being looked into by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).

CBC News confirmed that officer is Const. Joe Smyth, who fatally shot Donald Dunphy in his Mitchells Brook home in April 2015. 

The investigation followed a complaint about how Smyth handled a traffic stop in May. 

RNC officer under scrutiny by N.S. investigators after sexual assault complaint

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/rnc-smyth-sexual-assault-1.4435422?cmp=rss
Aggregated from: CBC | Newfoundland and Labrador News

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