BRITISH COLUMBIA

David Te, Newly Hired B.C. Cop, Charged After Alleged Domestic Abuse Incident

09/11/2014 04:46 EDT | Updated 11/11/2014 05:59 EST
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - Criminal charges involving an alleged domestic violence incident have been laid against an officer recently hired by police in New Westminster, B.C.

The department says David Te was scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday in connection with three counts, including assault, mischief and uttering threats.

Police in New Westminster say Te hadn't yet worked a single shift for the department when he was arrested by Vancouver police last Thursday after the alleged incident occurred earlier that day.

Chief Const. Dave Jones of the New Westminster Police Department says that when he heard about the allegations against Te, he immediately alerted the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner and suspended Te, who had three years' experience with another police agency.

The department says in a news release that while Te is entitled to a presumption of innocence, it's extremely disappointed that an officer who'd been recently hired was arrested and is now charged in connection with the alleged domestic violence incident.

Te's status as a probationary constable is under review by the department.