Police officer accused of assault

A NORTHERN Rivers police officer is under investigation for allegedly assaulting his female partner after a party last month.

The officer, who holds the rank of constable and is attached to the Richmond Local Area Command, has consequently been stripped of his gun and placed on restrictive duties.

The Northern Star understands that on November 5 the officer, who The Northern Star has chosen not to identify, attended an unofficial police gathering in the area.

The gathering was to farewell a sergeant who was moving to another police station.

The officer is understood to have then driven to a woman's house in Goonellabah, who he was in a casual relationship with.

The police officer is accused of then assaulting the woman.

The following morning, the woman attended Lismore Police Station to report the incident.

The officer was immediately removed from his police station and placed at another station within the command.

A personal violence order has been taken out against the officer on behalf of the victim.

A police spokesman confirmed the investigation and said the matter had been referred to the NSW Police Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Carlene York.

"An investigation has commenced into an alleged assault on a Goonellabah woman on Saturday November 5," the spokesman said.

"The assault was allegedly committed by a 29 year-old off-duty police officer.

"A personal violence order was obtained by investigators on behalf of the victim.

"The officer has been placed on restrictive duties and investigators are waiting on recommendation of the assistant commissioner."

The investigation is also being overseen by the NSW Ombudsman office, the spokesman said.

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