Hamilton police say a part time special constable has been charged with assault after an incident at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton today.

In a news release, police said the 38-year-old has been charged with assault level one.

Police did not provide any details as to what actually happened, but did say it occurred when the officer was on duty.

The provincial Special Investigations Unit is not investigating, as special constables do not fall under the organization's jurisdiction.

A special constable is not a sworn police officer. Their duties include the care, control, and transportation of prisoners, as well as the overall security of court facilities.

The man was released on a promise to appear, and is scheduled in court on Oct. 17.

Police say the officer has been suspended from duty.