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Suspended RCMP member reinstated


Const. Steve Small of the Squamish RCMP detachment is returning to policing duties after a suspension of nearly a year while under investigation for allegations of harassment.

Small was suspended by the RCMP last August after he was charged with criminal harassment when his former common-law wife complained that Small kept trying to contact her when she wanted nothing to do with him.

The charges against Small were stayed in April. When the charges were stayed the RCMP launched its own internal review.

According to Cpl. Dave Ritchie, the internal investigation is now complete, but he is not at liberty to say anything more.

Sgt. John Ward of the media relations department at the RCMP E Division office in Vancouver, said a member at the RCMP office in Squamish needed to confirm where Small will be stationed now that he is back to work.

Ritchie confirmed that Small is presently working in Squamish.

While Small was suspended from work he continued to collect a salary from the RCMP.

Small's accuser, Angel Hutton, moved to eastern B.C.

She moved there, she said, to be closer to her family and so she and her children from a former relationship would be far away from Small.

After Hutton learned the criminal harassment charges against Small were stayed, she applied for a restraining order to prevent Small from getting close to her. The justice who heard the request denied the order.

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