An off-duty police officer who allegedly assaulted a male model at a Fashion Week after-party has appeared in court charged with assault.
Jan Paul de Moor, 33, faced the Auckland District Court yesterday on one charge of injuring with the intent to injure. He was bailed to reappear next month.
De Moor is a constable for Counties Manukau police and has worked as a community cop in Otara and Flatbush.
The Herald understands he has been stood down from duty, but police would not confirm this.
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A spokeswoman said the status of his employment was between the officer and the police commissioner and she could not comment as it would breach confidentiality.
"Counties Manukau police can confirm that an off-duty constable has been charged today with injuring with intent to injure," the spokeswoman said.
It's believed an altercation broke out at an after-party at a central Auckland bar on September 7 with a male model from Australia. De Moor was charged about 10 days later.
Because the assault happened in the city, officers from another police district investigated the complaint.
Police could not comment further as the case was before the courts.
De Moor told a community newspaper in 2008 he enjoyed working as a community constable after working on the front line.
"Front line was purely reactive policing, like chasing fires. Now as a community constable, we're into building relationships with the public and working with groups to problem solve," he said.