**Updated** HRP officer charged with assault by SiRT

**Updated at 11:42 a.m.**

A 37-year-old member of the Halifax Regional Police (HRP) has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, public mischief, and breach of trust.

The province's Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) made the announcement Friday following an investigation into an incident reported to them by HRP on March 4th.

A member of the public brought forward an allegation of assault by a police officer on a 54-year-old man at the Metro Turning Point homeless shelter.

Constable Laurence Gary Basso is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Halifax Provincial Court on May 22nd.

No other details of the incident have been released.

SiRT had previously laid charges of theft, breach of trust, and obstruction of justice against Constable Basso on January 27th, 2016 after an investigation into theft from an HRP exhibit locker.

HRP contacted SiRT on May 21st, 2015 with information after a substance known as "cut" went missing.

The police watchdog says "cut" is used in the illegal drug trade and is mixed with the actual drug to increase quantity and profitability.

CBC reported those charges were ultimately withdrawn by the Crown in February 2017 due to delays in the prosecution as a result of the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark Jordan decision.

(With files from CBC Nova Scotia)