Missing Person for Location

Missing person for location

The Nelson Police Department continues to seek the public’s assistance to help find 47-year-old, Jade Giesen of Nelson, BC.

On April 6, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., Giesen was last seen walking on the Burlington Northern rail bed, toward Troup Beach. Nelson Search and Rescue have searched this area.

The Nelson Police Department is asking if anyone sees Ms. Giesen or has information on this matter to call the police immediately. Nelson Police Department: 250-354-3919.

At this time, Nelson Police does not suspect foul play as a factor in Ms. Giesen’s disappearance, but has concern for her welfare.

Jade Giesen is Caucasian, 5’4”, 115 lbs, with blond long thick dreadlocks. She is wearing a waist length green coat; an oversized purse over her should cover in white goat hair, pants, and blue runners.

Jade Giesen

Nelson Police Department rolls out innovative Restorative Justice Program

Restorative Justice Falcone & Sobie

‘Second chance’ approach focuses on people and relationships hurt by crime

Nelson — What kind of community do we want to live in? One where bad choices always are punished? Or one where there are second chances? The Nelson Police Department is opting for the latter. How? With the introduction of Restorative Justice as an option to criminal charges when a crime has been committed. In the face of crime and conflict, Restorative Justice is a philosophy and approach that views crime and conflict principally as harm done to people and relationships. The program is looking for volunteers, and is being led by NPD Sergeant Dino Falcone and coordinated by Restorative Justice Program Coordinator Gerry Sobie, who helped establish and run the Cranbrook RCMP Restorative Justice Program, from 2005 to 2009.

1. How does the Restorative Justice program work, what does it aim to do, where else is it in use?
It is difficult to provide a brief answer. First of all, a definition of Restorative Justice could be, “a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.” Translated in action, the Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice program would receive a file from an arresting officer. An individual has been charged with a criminal offense and accepts responsibility for his/her actions and is prepared to meet with the victim to begin to repair the harm resulting from the offense. The victim is invited to participate. All those who voluntarily meet regarding this matter are prepared for the encounter. There may be supporters for the offender and victim as well as members of the community who have been affected by the incident. The offender and victim agree on ways to begin repairing the harm done. Once the offender completes her/his agreement, the matter is resolved and does not proceed to the Criminal Justice system. The offender has been given the opportunity to resolve this offense in an alternate manner that does not affect one’s criminal record.

This is a brief overview of how our process would work. Restorative Justice Programs have been implemented in many BC communities, in Canada and throughout the world. Actually, there are elements of Restorative Justice that originated with circle meetings Aboriginals used and developed over time. BC enjoys a reputation for having many different Restorative Justice Programs. RCMP “E” Division has assigned staff to train volunteers in communities that wish to establish programs. We have a unique opportunity to develop a “made in Nelson” Restorative Justice Program to address and meet our community’s needs.

2. How do people get involved, how can the public help?
For our program to function, we will require volunteers to take intensive training to learn how to meet with offenders and victims, prepare them for coming together, conducting the meetings, and mentor offenders to successfully complete their agreements. We’ve been assured by Sgt. Falcone that appropriate files will be diverted to Restorative Justice once we have volunteers to handle them.

Without volunteers, the program will not function. We are appealing to our community of Nelson for volunteers who may be interested to learn more. Expectations would be prospective volunteers complete an application, meet for an interview, submit to a Criminal Record check, and be prepared to commit up to 10 hours a month to volunteering and training. This program can contribute to the health and well-being of our city and community.

We have applications for volunteers available on the Nelson Police Department website (www.nelsonpolice.ca) or at the front desk of the Station at 606 Stanley Street. Anyone interested is asked to complete an application and submit to Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice Program either by mail or dropped off.

3. Program Coordinator Gerry Sobie’s experience: Cranbrook’s successful Restorative Justice Program
I took training in facilitating offender-victim meetings in 2004 while living in Cranbrook. I was the volunteer coordinator for developing the Cranbrook & District Restorative Justice Society. I worked out of the RCMP Detachment. In 2007 I was certified to conduct Community Justice Forum training under the auspices of RCMP “E” Division. We had up to 25 trained volunteers in Cranbrook who handled up to 45 files a year.

4. What’s the new RJ program’s relationship with the existing Kootenay RJ program?
The Kootenay Restorative Justice Society (KRJS) was formed 12 years ago and provides restorative justice and preventative bullying programs to the Slocan Valley, Salmo, Nelson and surrounding areas. They receive their referrals from RCMP as well as schools and community members. As we develop our Nelson Restorative Justice (NRJ) program, we would like to collaborate with KRJS by sharing resources and training. However, the source of Nelson referrals will be our local Police Department.

5. Quotes on the Restorative Justice Programs success:
“The Nelson Police Board is extremely pleased with the implementation of our own Restorative Justice program here in Nelson. A citizen deserves an opportunity to make amends to society and to their victims. This program, which has my support, has been previously successful in removing any barriers that may exist between a first-time offender, their victims and our law enforcement personnel. ” Mayor John Dooley, Chair – Nelson Police Board

“Restorative Justice is a compassionate, cost-effective and time-tested method of recognizing the harm done to a victim. It also encourages a first-time offender to return to a life-style that respects the rights of others and provides them with the opportunity to be law-abiding and productive members of the community. Mr. Sobie has the full support of the men and women of the Nelson Police Department.” Chief Constable Wayne Holland – Nelson Police Department

“As the Department’s Community Policing Officer, I support any initiative that allows a victim and an offender, by means of a trained community facilitator, to resolve their differences and restore peaceful relations, without the necessity to rely on a costly and time consuming criminal justice and/or court system. I look forward to working with Gerry Sobie and our volunteers to make our goal of having our own Restorative Justice capacity here in Nelson a reality.” Sergeant Dino Falcone – Community Policing Officer – Nelson Police Department

Media contact:
Sergeant Dino Falcone
P. 250-354-3919
Gerry Sobie
P. 250-354-3919
C. 250-777-3979

Related Link:
http://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/molly-rowan-leach/six-boys-one-cop-and-road-to-restorative-justice

Restorative Justice Volunteer Opportunity

The Restorative Justice program is responsible for helping youth and young adults achieve responsible solutions for when rules have been broken. They are also involved in increasing dialogue in our community by education and role-modeling consensus building and discussion.

The Restorative Justice process is designed to:

  • Provide support to those who have been harmed to enable them to discuss how they have been impacted and to have questions answered.
  • Have those who have caused harm talk about the circumstances of the incident, describe what they believe the effects of their actions have been and take responsibility for the harm caused.
  • Give involved community members the opportunity to talk about how the incident has impacted them.
  • To build consensus for a meaningful, reasonable and fair resolution.
  • Identify and encourage participants to support the outcomes of the conference process and to ensure appropriate follow-up.

Restorative Justice Volunteer Opportunity:

Because of the seriousness of the work, RJ has to be very selective of the volunteers they take on for casework.  Unfortunately they cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will be accepted as a caseworker, and they ask for your understanding if you are not asked to participate in the training.

RJ also want potential volunteers to know that becoming a caseworker requires a significant time commitment.  (Approximately 8-10 hours a month).

Volunteer Application Form

Media Release: March 22, 2014

File 2014-1095

On March 19 the Nelson Police Department received a complaint of an E-mail scam designed to obtain money from a Nelson senior citizen. The senior had been conned into sending money to an undisclosed location to a person identifying themselves as his girlfriend. In exchange for a considerable amount of money the culprit had been sending photographs of a compromising nature to the senior citizen in Nelson. Sadly , because of a debilitating disease associated to advanced age, the senior citizen is not capable of comprehending that he is being taken advantage of. The Nelson Police and people close to the senior have taken steps to protect him from the unidentified predator.

File 2014-1121

While conducting a routine vehicle patrol at the Chako Mika Mall a member of the Nelson Police Department found himself to be an uninvited spectator to a game of “push the shopping buggy through the parking lot with your car”. Two local young adults propelled a shopping cart with their car until the buggy flew across the parking lot at high speed narrowly missing a parked transport truck. The males were taken into custody for criminal mischief while the officer assessed the damage. Fortunately for the men there was minimal damage to the shopping buggy. Both males were released without charge after receiving a verbal warning from the officer.

File 2014-1107 and 2014-1120

Art or not? There is no denying that Nelson displays it’s fair share of graffiti. Some people see these tags as a creative art form while others view the tags as the defacing of a beautiful community. Whatever side of the fence you see the issue from there is no denying that the application of graffiti to public or private property without expressed permission may constitute criminal mischief.

During the early morning hours of March 20 an alert officer of the Nelson Police Department observed large fresh graffiti tags in the 300 block of Herridge Lane. The paint used to produce the tags was still tacky and running down the walls. The first officer was joined by a second officer known for his ability to tenaciously pursue fresh clues. Due to the fresh snow fall the officer was able to put his highly developed “Man tracking” skills to use and followed the fresh sign from the first tag to a second, garden fresh, graffiti tag. With their noses to the ground the officers continued to follow the footprints in the snow to a discarded paint can and lid. The highly visible foot prints continued in the new snow for blocks, over city streets, sidewalks, through private property, through businesses and a school yard. The determined officers doggedly tracked the suspects to a private residence approximately 10 blocks from the first discovery. As a result of the investigative steps taken an adult male suspect from Nelson has been identified. The man has a documented history of graffiti in Nelson and as a result of his actions may be facing a criminal charge for Mischief. The matter is still under investigation.

The following night the same officer continued his graffiti fighting spree and observed a young Nelson man marking a building on Josephine Street. A male was, stopped, arrested and searched incident to the lawful arrest. A black marker was recovered from his possession as a result of the search. The suspect assured the officer that he was an artist. The determined officer gathered further evidence from the area and contemplated recommending a criminal charge of Mischief against the male. The suspect offered a sincere apology and sought an informal resolution. After interviewing the male the officer decided to give the suspect a chance of redemption. The officer explained that as long as the tag was removed and the wall was restored to the original condition by the following day then he would not proceed with criminal charges. By the following evening the wall had been restored to its original condition.

Media Release: March 5th, 2014

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.

Media Release: February 9th, 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.

Media Release: February 3, 2014

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.

Winter 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.