The Change of Command Ceremony occurred on Friday January 29, 2016 in a standing-room only courthouse. During the historical ceremony, Judge Don Sperry had Chief Burkart recite his oath of office and Mayor Deb Kozak presented him with his Chief Constable’s badge.
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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.
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
The July 2015 Nelson Police Board Minutes are available for viewing.
The June 2015 Nelson Police Board Minutes are available for viewing.
The April 2015 Police Board Minutes are available for viewing.
The December 2014 Police Board Minutes are available for viewing.
The Nelson Police Board minutes for November 4, 2014 are available for viewing.
December CounterAttack Campaign
The Nelson Police Department is actively participating in the December CounterAttack Campaign. Nelson officers will be on streets of Nelson working hard to eliminate the dangers of impaired drivers. Impaired drivers are those who chose to drive while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is affected by alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines. People found to be driving while impaired, face possible immediate road side driving prohibitions of up to 90 days, having the vehicle they were driving impounded up to 30 days along with having to pay all of the associated costs. Drivers could also be facing Criminal Code charges of impaired driving.
The men and women of the Nelson Police Department are asking those who choose to partake over the holiday season to refrain from driving. Take a taxi, call a friend, use transit, walk or make other arrangements. Lives may depend on your good sense. Take a stand and don’t let impaired driver’s get behind the wheel.
On average 86 people die in BC every year in crashes involving impaired driving. Please join us to reduce this number.
Along with answering over 6000 calls for service every year ranging from violent crimes to elementary school parking issues, the Nelson Police Department strives to serve our community. One of the ways in which we serve is to maintain a container of found keys. We have keys for all makes of cars and trucks that people have turned in at our downtown location. Lost yours? Drop by 606 Stanley Street and look through our collection. Who knows, your vehicle keys may be here.
The Nelson Police Department wants everyone to reach their destination safely this holiday season. With winter driving conditions upon us drivers should be aware that changing a few driving habits will keep them and others safe on our roads.
Posted speed limits are for ideal travel conditions. On winter roads, be aware there could be ice. Driving at reduced speeds is a great precautionary measure against slippery conditions.
Increase your distance between other vehicles as stopping distance on an icy road is double the stopping distance on a dry one.
Clear all snow and frost from your vehicle before driving so that you can see and be seen.
Ensure you have windshield washer fluid that is rated for winter use so you can keep your windshield clean and your line of vision clear.
Have extra winter wear in your vehicle, such as toques, mittens and winter boots. Keep a road safety kit and shovel in your vehicle.
Be aware of road conditions before you set out. If road conditions are unfavorable, the safest strategy is to avoid driving.
As always, keep in mind the basic safety rules: buckle up, slow down, drive with caution, be aware, be alert, be sober, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep focused on the road.
Safe and happy travels!