Chilliwack RCMP officer charged with assault, perjury

Const. Jeff Van Woerden charged in connection with an arrest on Nov. 17, 2013 as well as subsequent testimony in court

  • Sep. 23, 2016 5:00 a.m.
Police lights.

Police lights.

A police officer with the Chilliwack RCMP faces serious criminal charges relating to an arrest he made on Nov. 17, 2013, as well as the subsequent testimony he provided in court with respect to that arrest.

Const. Jeff Van Woerden has been charged with one count each of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm, as well as four counts of perjury.

“These are serious charges,” said Supt. Deanne Burleigh, Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment. “The allegations demonstrate conduct that is not in keeping of my expectations for our members. Const. Van Woerden will now have an opportunity to answer to these allegations in court.”

He will be appearing in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. A separate Code of Conduct investigation remains ongoing. He is currently suspended with pay.