Nfld. & Labrador

'No violence' in RNC officer's alleged breach of emergency protection order, says chief

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Joe Boland says Const. Steve Curnew was not on duty when he was arrested yesterday and charged with breaching a court order.

Const. Steve Curnew was arrested Monday, held overnight and released Tuesday

Const. Steve Curnew, seen here in a file photo, has been charged with breaching an emergency protection order. (CBC)

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Joe Boland says there was no violence involved in Const. Steve Curnew's alleged breach of an emergency protection order yesterday.

Curnew, 43, was arrested Monday and held in custody overnight to appear in provincial court in St. John's. He was released on his own recognizance Tuesday morning.

In an emailed statement Tuesday afternoon, Boland said supervisors with the RNC's operational patrol services arrested Curnew just before 5 p.m. Monday, after receiving information that he had breached a condition of an emergency protection order (EPO).

"The details of the EPO are private and we will not be providing information on the alleged breach aside from stating that there was no violence in the incident," the chief said. 

"Curnew was not on duty at the time of this alleged EPO breach and is currently non-operational and on leave," he continued. 

RNC Chief Joe Boland says no criminal charges have been laid against Curnew. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

An emergency protection order is a provincial court order granted by a judge in "urgent situations to provide immediate protection when family violence has occurred," as described by the province's court.

It falls under the Family Violence Protection Act, and breaching an EPO by coming in contact with the person or people protected under the order is not a criminal charge.

Curnew does not face any other charges, and is due back in court on the matter Sept. 6.

He has served as the RNC's media relations officer, and has most recently been with the criminal investigation division.

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