Nfld. & Labrador

Former RNC constable Steve Curnew fired

Police officer was well known as media relations officer for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

RNC says constable lost his job over unrelated incident to violation of EPO

Steve Curnew was the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's media relations officer before moving to the general investigative unit. (CBC)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has confirmed Steve Curnew, who has pleaded guilty to violating an emergency protection order, is no longer employed as an officer with the force.

Curnew served as the RNC's media relations officer before moving to the general investigation unit. 

He was accused last year of violating an emergency protection order, something often granted in cases of domestic disputes.

The protection order was lifted by a judge on Aug. 13, but Curnew remained charged with breaching the order while it was still active.

In an email, an RNC spokesperson said the violation of the emergency protection order is not the reason behind the change in Curnew's employment status.

However, the police would not elaborate on what the incident was, citing privacy concerns. 

Pleaded guilty to violating EPO

The charge falls under the Family Violence Prevention Act and is not a criminal charge. The maximum penalty is a fine of $2,000 and six months in jail.

The details of the protection order are not public, but police say it did not involve violence.

Curnew pleaded guilty to violating the order during an appearance in provincial court last week. He's due back in court Feb. 25. 

The RNC, meanwhile, is not disclosing if Curnew was fired or if he resigned, citing privacy concerns. However, Curnew confirmed for CBC News on Friday that he was fired from his job. 

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