A Halifax police officer was arrested Monday over allegations of domestic violence.

Someone called Halifax Regional Police to an apartment building at 5:40 a.m. Officers found a man and a woman in the lobby.

The man was an off-duty police officer, so HRP handed the case over to the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT).

SIRT arrested the man, said spokesman Ron MacDonald. He was released and is due to back in court on Feb. 27. He has not been charged with anything and SIRT would not say what charges he may face.

The officer has not been named. He is prohibited from contacting the woman. He is suspended with pay until the matter is resolved.

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.