An off-duty Abbotsford Police officer was suspended for two days without wages for attending a "common bawdy house" and paying for sex, according to the police watchdog's annual report.
The officer - not named in the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner's 2011 report released Tuesday - committed the transgression on June 25, 2010.
The investigation into the offence was instigated at the request of the Abbotsford Police Department, stated the report.
The officer was also ordered to attend john school, a program that educates those who purchase sex about the impacts of exploiting females engaged in prostitution.
The officer also had to take additional ethics training and work under close supervision for a year.
Const. Ian MacDonald said the APD got a report of the off-duty officer attending a massage parlour in a different community in August 2010.
"As soon as we learned of it, we initiated the investigation and contacted the OPCC to oversee it and determine if there was any misconduct," said MacDonald.
The officer can't be named for privacy reasons because no criminal charge was laid, he said.
"It's a disconcerting incident," said MacDonald.
"It's something as an agency we struggle with, but the reality is there were no criminal charges laid.
"But we can say definitively that it was a discreditable act and that member was punished accordingly."
Rollie Woods, deputy police complaint commissioner, said the OPCC couldn't identify the officer involved in the complaint, or any other such incident, unless it is already in the public domain.
"We are bound by legislation to keep [officers' names] confidential," said Woods, adding individual police departments have to make the decision to release the name of disciplined officers.
The OPCC has brought up the matter of keeping disciplined officers anonymous with government in the past, said Woods.
"It's one of the issues that are brought up . . . the government may want to review the legislation, especially if a matter goes to a discipline proceeding."
The most serious instances of officer misconduct and ones that result in criminal charges are made public by the department, noted MacDonald.
A total of 92 complaints were filed against the APD in 2011, up from 86 in 2010, but in both years the numbers were more than double the average of previous years.
The jump in complaints is because people can now file them online or by e-mail rather than in written form, said MacDonald.
In 2011, Victoria, Delta and New Westminster - municipal police departments of comparable size to Abbotsford - had 103, 80 and 60 complaints respectively.
However, out of 14 municipal departments, Abbotsford Police came second only to Vancouver Police for reports of people injured while involved with police.
The VPD filed 131 injury reports, 88 of which were police dog bites, while Abbotsford filed 30 injury reports, 17 of which were dog bites.
The number of dog bite injuries reported in Abbotsford is high as police dogs are regularly used given the geography of the municipality, said MacDonald.
For details on the OPCC report visit opcc.bc.ca/publications/.