Mayor Kozak, Chair of the Nelson Police Board, invites interested citizens of Nelson to apply to serve on the Nelson Police Board. This is a part-time volunteer position.
Selection of Board Members is based on merit and the criteria include:
• reside in the Municipality of Nelson
• willingness, availability and capacity to make the commitment of time and effort required to carry out police board responsibilities
• demonstrated interest in police and/or related public social services
• community, neighbourhood or business involvement in Nelson
• ability to communicate effectively with all levels within an organization
• ability to contribute to a Board representing the diversity of Nelson’s citizens
• ability to make positive contributions to the Board through personal, professional,
occupation, business, volunteer or life experience
• willingness to undergo a criminal record check and personal suitability interview
• understanding of governance boards
The City of Nelson Council appoints one member to represent the municipality to the Nelson Police Board with a maximum term of six years. The Board provides independent civilian oversight and governance of the Nelson Police Department to ensure measurable progress towards a safer community.
The Board also establishes goals as well as priorities/objectives and develops the budget for the Nelson Police Department, in consultation with the Chief Constable. The Board is also responsible for service and policy complaints related to its Department. Since selection of board members is based on merit, you should have an understanding of governance boards as well as experience in business, financial management, administration, and community development. Please note that each board
member has fundamental responsibility to assist the Board in making effective and informed decisions and to direct and support the work of the Nelson Police Department.
To express your interest in this appointment, please submit
a covering letter and resume in writing by noon on Monday June 6th, 2016, to:
City of Nelson – Administration Department
Suite 101, 310 Ward Street
Nelson, BC V1L 5S4
Email to
Fax to (250) 352-2131
Please include your occupation, history of community involvement, other relevant
history/technical expertise and reasons for seeking appointment.
For further information, please visit or (250) 352-8285




NPD Restorative Justice is hosting a presentation by Dr. Duncan Grady on Saturday April 23rd from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce.

This is a free event but please RSVP to or by phone at 250-505-5654.

Dr. Grady will be discussing restorative justice in contrast to criminal justice in the context of recent neuroscientific research, and the traditional teachings of his people. He will also be discussing the impact of secondary trauma on service providers and emergency service responders.

Dr. Grady has been practicing counselling and psychotherapy in the fields of addictions, trauma, and death & dying for 36 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Divinity specific to Creation Spirituality. He is an elder of the West Kootenays Circle of Indigenous Nations Society and currently co-leads retreats, works with communities impacted by lateral violence and provides training and consultation using western and non-western approaches to health, well-being, spirituality, trauma and death & dying.

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New NPD Police Constable sworn in!

EmptyName 6Mr. Alain Therrien became police constable #85 on March 11, 2016, after being sworn in by Provincial Court Judge Philip Seagram. Constable Therrien replaces one of the three officers who have retired or resigned in the past six weeks from the Nelson Police Department.

Constable Therrien joins the Nelson Police Department after serving the past four years with the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service.  Alain was born and raised in Saskatchewan and comes from a French/Metis background.


(Photo: Mayor Kozak, Cst Therrien, Chief Constable Burkart; photo credit: J. Killen)

Nelson Police Department welcomes newest Constable

Adam Sutherland & Chief Holland

On January 14, 2016, Adam Sutherland was Sworn In by Provincial Court Judge Donald L. Sperry as the newest member of the Nelson Police Department.

Constable Adam Sutherland joins the Nelson Police Department after serving almost eight years as a correctional officer with BC Corrections.  Adam had worked at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre until 2015 when he moved to Prince George to continue his career with corrections and to be with extended family.  Adam will be moving to Nelson with his wife and two children.

Nelson’s twenty-first Chief Constable

Paul Burkart
On Monday evening, December 14th, 2015, upon the occasion of the City of Nelson’s Annual Reception of Council, the Nelson Police Board announced the name of the individual who will serve as Nelson’s twenty-first Chief Constable. At this time it is my sincere pleasure to announce to the members of this police service that, effective January 29th, 2016 at 4 p.m.; Deputy Chief Constable Paul Daniel Burkart will be the individual who will bear that distinction. In my personal opinion, Paul was the perfect selection to take on this challenging role, given his tenure with this organization, his love of this department and the community we serve, and his demonstrated knowledge, skill and abilities.

Please join me in congratulating Paul and in wishing him the very best of luck in the years to come.

CC W. Holland