A former Mission RCMP spokeswoman is facing multiple charges after an off-duty fight with other on-duty RCMP officers at a Pitt Meadows country bar last June.
Sgt. Miriam Dickson faces two counts of assaulting a police officer, and one count each of resisting arrest and causing a disturbance. She is due in Port Coquitlam provincial court on Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. to face the charges.
“Obviously I am disappointed with this alleged behavior,” said Insp. Richard Konarksi, the Officer in Charge of the Mission Detachment, in a release on Wednesday.
Shortly after 2 a.m., closing time, on June 3 the off-duty officer got into an argument with a male patron as they exited Rooster’s, at 19040 Lougheed Highway, Pitt Meadows.
As tensions escalated, uniformed on-duty officers already patrolling the parking lot stepped in to defuse the situation.
The off-duty officer allegedly assaulted the two officers and then was arrested and taken to jail.
“Whether on or off duty, police officers are subject to the same laws that apply to everyone,” said Ridge Meadows’ top Mountie, Supt. Dave Walsh, in a media release on Wednesday.
An internal Code of Conduct investigation remains ongoing and she is currently assigned to administrative duties.
As this matter is before the courts, no further comment will be provided, said the RCMP.
As late as May, Dickson was the public face of the Mission RCMP detachment, active on Twitter and frequently quoted in the news.
Dickson made headlines in 2009 (bit.ly/OsD30Q) after she won gold in the lightweight senior bodybuilding competition at the World Police and Fire Games.
– with files from Christina Toth