Chief Holland Announces his Retirement

Chief Holland announces his retirement date from the Nelson Police Department; Committee to review next steps in Nelson Police Department succession planning


August 7, 2015

During the July 2015 Police Board Meeting, Chief Wayne Holland announced that he would be officially retiring “for the second time” at the end of his service contract on January 29, 2016. Chief Holland retired from the City of Vancouver Police Department in 2010 and took on a five-year contract with the Nelson Police Department to finish out his career.

Holland said that being the top cop in Nelson for the last five years has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences in his 34 years as a Police Officer. He added, “We have excellent sworn, civilian and volunteer personnel in the Nelson Police Department who have been a pleasure to work with.”

During the Police Board Meeting, Mayor Kozak, Chair of the Nelson Police Board, thanked Chief Holland for his service to the Department and the community and wished him well in retirement. The Nelson Police Board has appointed a committee to review the succession planning and recruitment process and ultimately will determine the next steps for replacing Chief Holland upon his retirement. The Nelson Police Board is also starting to work on the Strategic Plan and will be
seeking input from Community Stakeholders and the public. The Plan will help guide the Department over the next five years. Further information about how you can provide input will be available shortly on the City of Nelson website at

Chief Holland has no immediate plans for the future, but does plan to do some traveling. He and his wife will be returning to the lower mainland to be near family and friends. Though they are leaving the area, their love for Nelson will bring them back for regular visits.

Media Contact:
Mayor Deb Kozak – 250-352-8236

Employment Opportunity: Executive Assistant

nelson_police_logoReporting to the Chief Constable, the Executive Assistant will provide a range of
confidential administrative and secretarial duties of moderate complexity and
diversity, plus administrative support to the Nelson Police Board.

The individual we are seeking will be required to maintain a high degree of
confidentiality as well as having strong multi-tasking skills. They will work closely
with the Chief Constable and the Police Board, assisting in establishing the smooth
and efficient operation of the administrative functions. They will be expected to have
a high degree of independent judgment as well as the ability to provide support in
minute taking, drafting correspondence and assisting in the preparation of budgets
and reports. Confidential material will be handled with discretion and integrity.

The successful applicant will have a thorough knowledge of current office procedures,
equipment and business language. They will have excellent verbal and written
communications and be familiar with office computer software. They must possess a
minimum of five (5) years secretarial or administrative experience, preferably within
a police environment.

A detailed Job Description is available below.

This is a full time position working 35 hours per week and offers a competitive salary
plus a comprehensive benefits package. Interested applicants should send a detailed
resume by August 10th, 2015 at 8:00 am to:

Human Resources
City of Nelson
101–310 Ward Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 5S4

Employment Opportunity

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Do you have a passion for Restorative Justice?

The Nelson Police Department is seeking a skilled professional for a part-time contract starting as soon as possible. The Program Coordinator works under the direction of and in close collaboration with the NPD Community Policing Officer and will be relied upon to recruit and train volunteers, manage files and submit reports, liaise with Nelson Police and members of the community and develop resources. This is an exciting opportunity for an independently motivated self-starter with excellent time management and communication skills. We need you to continue and build on the good work that has been done to establish this valuable program in Nelson.

If you have the skills and desire to serve in this role, please send your resume and cover letter along with 3 references to:

Sgt. Dino Falcone – Community Policing Officer
Nelson Police Department
606 Stanley Street
Nelson, BC V1L 1N4

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

RJ Program Coordinator Job Description

Cougar Sighting

Nelson Police Department File 2015-421


On January 28, 2014 at approximately 10:07 pm, the Nelson Police Department received a complaint of a possible cougar sighting in the area of Crease Street and West Innes Street.

The Nelson Police Department would like to remind the public that if you come into contact with a cougar that does not run away, stay calm, stand your ground and do not back down.  Back away slowly if possible and when safe to do so.  Pick up children, but DO NOT BEND DOWN, TURN YOUR BACK OR RUN.  Running triggers an innate predatory response in cougars which could lead to an attack.

Raise your voice and speak firmly.  Raise your arms to make yourself look larger, clap your hands, and throw something you might have in your hands.  Do not bend down to pick up any items to throw.  This action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.

Please report any cougar sightings to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.

Media Release: Arson Arrest

On October 4th 2014, the Nelson Police Department and the Nelson Fire Department attended a suspicious fire in the lower level of a Nelson Heritage Building located at 303 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC.

The fire had started in the basement and storage area below the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences which occupies the upper floor of the building. There are also two private residences above where the fire was started.  All occupants were able to safely exit their residences and the fire was extinguished in time to save the building. Total damage was estimated to be at $25 000 dollars.

After a lengthy investigation, the Nelson Police Department arrested and formally charged a 19 year- old Creston resident on January 22, 2015 for Arson. He was released on a Recognizance of Bail with strict conditions and is scheduled to appear in Nelson Provincial Court on February 3rd, 2015.

Media Release: Theft of Narcotics and Assault

Members of the Nelson Police Department have arrested the person responsible for stealing a quantity of narcotics from a local pharmacy on January 18, 2015. Unfortunately, police were unable to recover the drugs – the investigation is on-going but – in the interim, the public should be aware that these drugs, administered by a person other than a qualified physician could cause serious harm or death to an individual?

The 26 year-old female of no fixed address was released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking and is scheduled to attend Nelson Provincial Court on March 3, 2015. She is facing a charge of Break and Entering a Business.

Police File: #2015-0269

On January 21, 2015 at 0645 hours, a 26 year-old female attended the front counter of the Nelson Police Department and reported that she was assaulted in an apartment in the 400 block of Ward Street within the last 30 minutes. She sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene by the BC Ambulance Service. Nelson Police attended the scene and located the 45 year-old male who was arrested with assault with a weapon. He was released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking and is scheduled to attend Nelson Provincial Court on April 28, 2015. The investigation is ongoing and a mental health team was brought in to assess the Nelson resident.

Police File: #2015-294

Media Release: Shopping Spree

On Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:45pm, 2 females entered a retail store and left without paying for a few valuable items after spending a considerable amount of time in the store. A good description of the getaway vehicle and the occupants was broadcast to all police agencies in the Kootenays. After the duo left the store, they allegedly drove to a local grocery store and walked out without paying for a substantial amount of groceries and housewares.

With the assistance of the Nelson RCMP, the Nelson Police Department arrested two females aged 36 and 53 years old with 2 counts each of theft under $5000 dollars and 2 counts each of possession of stolen property. The younger female was also arrested for an unendorsed warrant for theft under $5000 dollars and Breach of Undertaking.

The 53 year-old Castlegar woman was released on a Promise to Appear and strict conditions with a scheduled Nelson Provincial Court date of April 28, 2015. A bail hearing was conducted on January 16, 2015 for the other female of no fixed address and she was remanded for Nelson Provincial Court on January 20, 2015.

File Number: 2015-0217

Media Release: January 14, 2015

Nelson Police Department File 2015-166

On January 12, 2015 the Nelson Police Department received a call for service from a local business that received a telephone call from a person claiming to be employed by a local hydro company. The person stated that the business’ power was going to be disconnected in 30 minutes unless the business owner purchased money cards and followed the instructions provided.

The Nelson Police Department wants to take this opportunity to warn residents and businesses of scams, and to advise that if you receive a call similar to this, do not provide any personal or account information. In addition, to check the validity of the request by hanging up and calling the local hydro company mentioned to ensure there is some credence to the call. If you are still not satisfied that the call is valid, please call the Nelson Police Department at (250) 354-3919 or PhoneBusters at 1-888-495-8501.

Nelson Police Department File 2015-180


On January13, 2015 the Nelson Police Department received a call for service for a commercial break and enter in the 400 block of Baker St that is believed to have occurred between January 11, 2015 and January 13, 2015. Once entry was gained, two geode rocks and one lapis rock were taken, each weighing approximately 30 pounds. The Nelson Police Department is requesting anyone with information regarding this matter to please contact the Nelson Police Department at (250) 354-3919 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477