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North Bay police constable facing assault charges

The charge is a result of an interaction on January 18 between the victim and the officer at the North Bay Regional Health Centre while the accused was on duty
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The North Bay Police Service has arrested and charged one of its own officers with assault after an incident at the North Bay Regional Hospital yesterday.

Constable Daniel Shepstone, 46, is a 16 year veteran of the North Bay Police Service. He currently serves as a Police Constable in the Uniform Patrol Section.

A news release says the interaction occurred on January 18, between the victim and accused at the hospital while the accused was on duty. Shepstone was arrested and charged with assault by the OPP yesterday.

The victim sustained minor physical injuries.

"At the request of the North Bay Police Service, in order to ensure objectivity and protect the integrity of the investigation, the Ontario Provincial Police will be conducting the criminal investigation into this matter," says police spokesman David Woolley.

"The North Bay Police Service will be conducting a Police Service’s Act investigation into the conduct of Constable Shepstone in this incident upon receipt of additional information from the investigating service."

Pending further information, Cst. Shepstone will continue in his role as a police constable.

"At this time, he has been reassigned to administrative duties within the Police Service," says the release.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a member of the North Bay Police Service in relation to an incident earlier this month.

Chief Tod has requested that the OPP conduct an independent investigation in the circumstances of an incident.

Members of the OPP Professional Standards Unit have now completed their investigation.

Shepstone has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on March 15.