16-year member of Prince Albert Police Service charged following April 16 incident

(Herald file photo)

A 16-year member of the Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS) has been charged with unlawfully being in a dwelling-house following an investigation into an incident that occurred in April.

Cst. Darcy Bear appeared before a justice of the peace earlier this week, and will make his next court appearance on July 14. Bear was off duty at the time of the incident.

PAPS began the investigation after officers were called to a residence on April 16, according to a press release sent out Thursday morning. Police also notified the Public Complaints Commission (PCC).

Senior Crown officials reviewed the investigation file and recommended laying charges. The police service says they will have no further comment on the case since it is before the courts.

PAPS suspended Bear for 30 days after the incident, and re-assigned him to a non-operation office administrator role after he returned to duty.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, suspects can be charged if they enter a dwelling or house without lawful excuse, and the Crown proves they intended to commit an indictable offence.