Alberta RCMP officer charged with assault stemming from off-duty incident in Whistler 

Const. Vernon Hagen has been reassigned from operational duty

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An Alberta RCMP member is facing charges in connection with an off-duty incident in Whistler earlier this year.

Const. Vernon Hagen, a member of the Alberta RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Hate Crime Unit, faces two counts of assault and one count of obstructing a peace officer stemming from a Jan. 28 incident.

Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes said he was limited in what he could say about the incident with the matter before the courts, but he confirmed that Hagen did resist arrest. Hayes also clarified that the officer is not facing charges of assault causing bodily harm, as has been reported elsewhere.

In a release, the RCMP said that Hagen has been reassigned and will not return to operational duty until the legal matter is resolved.

Hagen made his first appearance in North Vancouver court on Wednesday, March 6.

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