KINGSTON, Ont. -- A Kingston, Ont., police officer is facing several charges after people working for the force made allegations of workplace violence.

Kingston police say the Belleville Police Service was asked to investigate the allegations, which only recently "came to light."

The incidents are alleged to have occurred in the Kingston police workplace between 2009 and 2011.

Const. Michael G. Seymour, 37, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of pointing a firearm, one count of unlawful use of a firearm in the commission of an indictable offence and one count of intimidation.

He was released on bail and has been suspended with pay.

Kingston police say an investigation is currently underway under the Police Services Act and they will not be making any further comment on the case.

Kingston police Chief Gilles Larochelle says the force is taking the matter "very seriously," adding that the Belleville police were called in to make sure the case was investigated in an independent and objective way.

"I am responsible for over 260 members, both sworn and civilian, and have a duty to ensure their well-being and to ensure that they are able to operate in a safe work environment," Larochelle said in a statement Friday.

"We will not tolerate violence and intimidation in the workplace."