WATCH: An off duty police officer has been charged with assault and unlawful confinement. Jeremy Hunka reports.
VANCOUVER — An off-duty Vancouver police officer has been arrested for allegations of assault and unlawful confinement in a domestic incident in Maple Ridge.
Global News learned about the arrest this afternoon and shortly after, the Vancouver Police Department released a statement about the arrest.
While the identity of the officer and his alleged victims is known, they cannot be named because one of them is a child.
According to the VPD, a woman went to the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment on Jan. 23 and reported she was a victim of a domestic-related assault. The man involved in the alleged assault was an off-duty Vancouver police officer.
On the evening of Jan. 23, RCMP went to the off-duty officer’s home and arrested the man. He’s facing two charges of unlawful confinement relating to a young person and their mother, and one cout of assault causing bodily harm.
He has been on the force for 10 years and has now been taken from “front line duties, pending the results of the investigation.”
The Battered Women Support Services say that isn’t good enough, arguing police officers should be held to a higher standard.
“If there’s evidence that this member of the Vancouver Police Department has committed domestic violence…he no longer has the privilege in participating in law enforcement. It would be the duty of the VPD to remove him from duty,” says Angela Marie MacDougall.
Due to the incident being part of an on-going investigation, the VPD will not be making any further comments.