Off-duty RCMP member charged with Assault facing new charges of Criminal Harassment, Intimidation of a Crown Witness, and Breach of an Undertaking

Edmonton, Alberta – On Oct. 22, 2020, Cst. Matthew Howson was charged with Criminal Harassment, Intimidation of a Crown Witness, and Breach of an Undertaking. These charges stem from allegations of ongoing harassment of witnesses to the original 2019 incident where Cst. Howson entered into an altercation with another member of the public at his residence.

Cst. Howson will appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Nov. 4, 2020. He remains suspended with pay while the criminal process proceeds. Once charges have been resolved, his duty status will again be reviewed.

BACKGROUND

September 24, 2019

Off-duty RCMP member charged with assault – Update #1

Edmonton – On September 19, 2019, Cst. Matthew Howson was arrested for a breach of a condition of his previous arrest. It is alleged that Cst. Howson breached the condition to not be within 20 metres of the victim’s residence.

He will be appearing for this new charge on October 16, 2019 in Sherwood Park Provincial Court.

RCMP Officer Charged
RCMP Officer Charged

BACKGROUND

Off-duty RCMP member charged with assault

Edmonton – On September 6, 2019, a member of the Strathcona RCMP detachment was charged with a criminal offence following a police investigation.

The charge resulted from an incident which took place on August 31, 2019. Constable Matthew Howson, 35, entered into an altercation at his residence with a member of the public while he was off-duty. Following an investigation, the member was charged with assault.

Cst. Howson, who has been a member of the RCMP for 10 years, has been released on his own recognizance with conditions. He is currently off-duty and his duty status is under review but has yet to be released. Once the criminal charges have been resolved, his duty status will again be reviewed.

The Alberta RCMP will not be commenting further on this incident.

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