Ottawa Police Sergeant Harold Dent charged with assault

The Ottawa Police Service is confirming that the Durham Regional Police has charged Ottawa Police Sergeant Harold Dent with Assault under the Criminal Code of Canada yesterday.

His first appearance is scheduled for Friday, November 12, 2010 at 11:30 am at 150 Bond Street, East Oshawa, Ontario Courtroom #108.

“The Ottawa Police Service takes the conduct of its members very seriously and holds all sworn officers to a standard that is consistent with community expectations and their oath of office,” noted Ottawa Police Chief, Vern White.

The charge stems from an incident that occurred on July 31, 2010 in Whitby Ontario, when the officer was off-duty.

The Ottawa Police Service Professional Standards Section has begun an investigation into this matter and charges may be laid under the Police Services Act once the criminal matter is completed.

The Ottawa Police will not disclose any further information as this matter is now before the courts with Durham Regional Police.

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