On Sunday March 2 at approximately 3pm the Nelson Police received a 911 call for assistance with an intoxicated house guest causing issues. The male causing the problem was identified as a 60 year old local male who had been released from jail earlier in the day for similar issues. He was held until sober and will appear in court in Nelson in April to answer to charges of failing to comply with the release conditions he was bound by.
On Tuesday March 4 An NPD member walking the beat observed two males sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot in the 300 block Hall St. The member noted the driver holding a large marijuana “bong”. The passenger was holding a box with a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia inside. Both were arrested and the incident investigated further. As both males were cooperative, appeared to have made a poor decision and have no other history of this type of behavior they were not charged for the possession of a controlled substance. The drugs and equipment were surrendered for destruction.
On Wednesday March 5 at 3:00am Nelson Police members noted a person trying to help a grossly intoxicated female down Baker Street. They stepped in for the Good Samaritan and tried to help the 36 year old female in getting home safely. She became increasing hostile and would not assist the members in getting her to a safe place. After numerous attempts to get her home and to someone she knew to care for her failed she was lodged into NPD cells for her own safety until able to care for herself. She was released in the morning and charged under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act for public intoxication.
Men and women of the Nelson Police Department join in on the Pink T-Shirt Day 2014.
On Saturday February 8 at 1:45 AM the Nelson Police were called to the uphill area to assist with a small house party that had gotten out of control. A guest had consumed too much liquor and became combative and when thrown out began trying to break back in. When Police arrived he was taken into custody and lodged into cells. It was there that a quantity of marijuana was found in his pockets and that he was bound by numerous conditions from another jurisdiction forbidding him to consume liquor and to be in his home by a certain time. When sober the young male was released and will appear in Nelson courts to answer to charges of possession of a controlled substance, mischief to property, and breaching release conditions. NPD file 2014-529 refers.
On Saturday February 8 at 2:45AM the Nelson Police were called to the 600 block Baker St for excessive noise at a facility and discovered several violations of the liquor permit issued for the event. The 40 year old party host was sanctioned under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act for failing to clear patron out in time and allowing patrons to consume after the event closed. NPD file 2014-530 refers.
On Sunday February 9 at 12:25AM staff at a local pub called to requested police assistance with several males who had been refused entry and were harassing the doorman. They had determined they were too intoxicated to allow inside which did not sit well with the males. Nelson Police members attended and all but one immediately left. The last one, a 32 year old student in Nelson decided to remain. He was detained for public intoxication and members immediately noted the stolen shoes sticking out of his pockets. While being searched incident to his arrest for the stolen property a quantity of street drugs were found on him. He was lodged into cells until sober and will appear in court April 29 to answer to charges of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication. NPD file 2014-540 refers.
Distracted Driver Campaign
The Nelson Police Department will be actively watching for distracted drivers during the month of February. Drivers are four times more likely to crash when talking on a hand held phone and 23 times more likely to get in a crash if they text behind the wheel. On average 34 people in the Southern Interior of British Columbia perish in distracted driving related crashes. Please think twice when tempted to initiate a call, answer your phone or text during driving. Please pull over when safe to so or simply wait until you reach your destination prior to using your hand held phone. By working together we can change driver’s attitudes and habits making road travel safer in the process. Please join us at the Nelson Police Department in our campaign to reduce motor vehicle crashes and save lives.
Police may issue a ticket with a penalty of $167 and three penalty points to drivers that are observed talking or texting on their hand held cell phones while driving.
On Wednesday morning the Nelson Police Department responded numerous motor vehicle collisions. The recent snowfall caused reduced traction on Nelson roads that resulted in thousands of dollars of vehicle damages. Winter weather can produce hazardous driving conditions. Please be vigilant, especially when weather changes occur. When weather conditions change drivers must be alert to the changing driving conditions. The first snow fall, the first day of rainfall or the first day of sub zero temperatures are all examples of changes that should trigger drivers to be extra attentive. Take your time, leave extra space from the vehicle in front of you and avoid steep hills when alternate routes are available.
NPD file 2014-452
Over the weekend officers of the Nelson Police Department were called to assist a young adult who was holding a party in his parent’s home. With the help of social media and word of mouth, the party quickly swelled way beyond its intended size. The young person had the wisdom to recognize that the party was well beyond his means to control. Crowds of teens were coming and going, spilling out into the cold night air and the music was blaring out into the neighbourhood.
When police arrived they were met at the front door by the teen’s well intentioned, but misinformed friends, who happened to fancy themselves as “street lawyers”. The officers on scene prevailed until the complainant was located and interviewed. The complainant, who seemed wise beyond his years, discussed the matter with police and sought their advice.
Choosing to ignore the advice of his unretained “on site legal team”, the young person calmly and shrewdly shut down the party and ejected approximately 75 unwanted guests while police stood by. Within 30 minutes the situation was back under control and the party was shrunk to a manageable size.
The December 2013 Nelson Police Board minutes are available now: December 2013
Nelson Police Board Minutes for November 2013 are now available.
The Nelson Police Department is continuing its holiday checkstop program. On Wednesday evening approximately 400 motorists were stopped and spoken to by Nelson Police Department members. On that evening 6 Provincial tickets were handed out and 10 warnings given.
Over the weekend several drivers lost their licenses to either 3 or 90 day suspensions for drinking and driving.
On Sunday Dec 22 at 1:35AM a young couple was seen getting into a vehicle parked in the 700 block Vernon St. When they noted the marked police truck nearby, they got out and walked away. As soon as the Nelson Police Member drove off they jumped back in and drove off breaking several traffic laws in the process. After nearly striking another police vehicle in the area the driver was stopped and detained. He was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without consideration for others, his license suspended for 3 days and his vehicle impounded. Fortunately no one was hurt on this occasion. NPD file 2013-5954 refers.
At 3:15 the same morning Nelson Police Members noted a truck driving erratically on Front Street. The vehicle was stopped and the 41 year old driver provided two samples of his breath to a roadside screening device. Both samples registered “FAIL”. His license was suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for 30. NPD file 2013-5960 refers.
Remember it doesn’t take much alcohol to impair your driving — just because you’ve only had a couple of drinks doesn’t mean you’re okay to drive.
Make a smart choice. If you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a sober designated driver, money for a taxi, a place to stay overnight, or a friend you can call for a ride.
On Thursday Dec 12 at 9:00 PM the Nelson Police were called when an unresponsive male was found on the street in the 600 block Baker St. NPD member attended and found a 42 year old male passed out from excessive liquor consumption. They managed to rouse him and he was lodged in cells until sober enough to care for himself. NPD file 2013-5813 refers.
On Saturday December 14 at 9:00 PM a male reported he was shoved by a stranger in the 500 block Ward St. Nelson Police members took a report and description of the offender. He was located a short distance away. After interviewing him and confronting the alleged victim it appears this altercation was started with the victim taking money for drugs from the assailant and then not providing them to him. Both parties were advised the incident will be investigated further and possible charges forthcoming for both. NPD file 2013-5854 refers.
On Thursday Dec 12 the Nelson Police conducted checkstops in various locations in Nelson from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Over 400 cars were checked for impaired drivers. It appears the message about the dangers of drinking and driving is being received in Nelson. The checkstops will continue through the holiday season.
Remember if you plan to drink, plan for someone else to drive.
If you encounter a suspected impaired driver, record the license plate and call 911.
On any given night in Canada one in 33 drivers is impaired.
The age group most likely to have been drinking before a crash is males 18-24 years old.
Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada.
The Nelson Police Department has an immediate opening for a recruit police constable position to be filled. The successful candidate will be trained at the Justice Institute of British Columbia beginning in the spring of 2014.
The Nelson Police Department is responsible for policing duties within the City of Nelson, British Columbia.
The Nelson Police Board and its police service are committed to employment equity and encourage all interested persons to apply.
Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
Please send expressions of interest, which must include a covering letter and resume to:
Office of the Chief Constable
Nelson Police Department
606 Stanley Street
Nelson, British Columbia
While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, please be advised that only those selected for involvement in the selection process will be contacted.