Fredericton officer accused of domestic assault granted bail

Const. Jeffrey Smiley, a decorated Fredericton police officer accused of domestic assault, has been released from jail.

Const. Jeffrey Smiley is charged with assault and failing to turn over firearms

Const. Jeffrey Smiley, pictured here in the foreground during an awards ceremony at Rideau Hall in December, is scheduled to enter pleas on March 18. (CBC)

A decorated Fredericton police officer, accused of domestic assault, has been released from jail.

Const. Jeffrey Smiley, who was arrested on Feb. 26, appeared in provincial court on Monday for a bail hearing.

Smiley is charged with assault and failure to turn over firearms to authorities.

There is a publication ban on evidence presented during the hearing and the judge's reasons, but as part of the conditions of his release, Smiley cannot have contact with his girlfriend or be in possession of any firearms.

He is scheduled to return to court on March 18 to enter pleas.

The Fredericton Police Force responded to a call regarding a domestic dispute on Feb. 26, according to a news release issued last Friday.

An off-duty member of the force was arrested and the investigation was turned over to the RCMP, the statement said.

Smiley received the Star of Courage from the Governor General in December for pulling a 73-year-old woman from her car after it plunged into the St. John River on Jan. 8, 2012.

Smiley jumped into the frigid water to break the window and rescue Shirley Foster.

He also received a Commanding Officer Commendation in April 2012 for the rescue.