A Halifax Regional Police constable faces an assault charge related to an incident at a downtown Halifax apartment building. 

Const Jason Marriott, 35, is alleged to have assaulted a woman police have identified as his domestic partner. 

Police were called to a downtown Halifax apartment building on Jan. 27 at around 5:40 a.m., where they found a man and woman in the lobby. Marriott, an eight-year member of the force, was arrested later that day. 

HRP investigated initially, but the case was later referred to the Serious Incident Response Team, which laid the assault charge.

Marriott is due in court on Feb. 27. He is not allowed to have contact with the woman he's alleged to have assaulted.

Const. Pierre Bourdages, HRP spokesperson, confirms Marriott has been suspended with pay since his arrest. 

Bourdages said according to the Police Act, that is the rule for the first 60 days, then the chief of police will make a decision on whether it will continue.

Following the conclusion of the criminal case, a Police Act investigation will resume, and that could result in Marriott’s dismissal or return to active duty.