NPD - NRJ LOGOThis 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.


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


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.

Media Release: December 11, 2014

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.

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Keys anyone?


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.

Media Release: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be in Nelson, B.C. on December 11, 2013. The show will commence at 6:45 p.m. at the railway crossing at Lakeside Park, 1900 Lakeside Drive. It will end at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The CPR annual Holiday Train program is considered to be the longest running fundraising program in North America. The train travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues.

Having said that, the Nelson Police will have a marked police truck parked in the vicinity of the show and will happily take any non-perishable food items on behalf of the Salvation Army.

Pedestrians will have free access to the site; however, barricades for motor vehicles will be set up ½ hour prior to the show. There will be a barricade with Nelson Police and Reserve members set up at Gordon Street and Third Street and at Second Street and Kokanee Street. If a Police Officer or a member of the train crew is directing traffic or pedestrians, please obey their directions.

The Holiday train is about 1000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars.

Please be safe and vigilant around the Holiday train and enjoy this fantastic community event.

Media Release: October 5th, 2013

On Monday Oct 1 at 3:25PM the Nelson Police received a 911 report of a female being assaulted in the 500 block Herridage Lane. At the same time another caller reported a theft in progress from a business in the 400 block Baker St. Upon arrival Nelson Police members found two males holding a female down. She had allegedly shoplifted from one downtown business and while staff was searching for her she did the same thing in another business. After a foot pursuit she was caught in the 500 block Herridage Lane. While trying to escape she bit one person and kicked another, causing minor injuries to both. The 24 year old was taken into custody and transported to NPD cells until sober. She was then released and will have to answer to charges of theft and assault. All the stolen property was located and returned. NPD file 2013-4727 refers.

On Friday Oct 4 at 9:00AM an off duty Nelson Police Member noted an individual in the 400 block Baker St that he knew was banned from the area for trafficking drugs. The off duty member stayed and spoke with the male while an on duty NPD member attended to investigate the matter further. The 24 year old male is facing charges of breach of his probation and possession of a controlled substance. NPD file 2013-4770 refers.

On Friday Oct 4 at 11:25AM Nelson Police members on foot patrol located several people drinking in Cottonwood Falls Park. All were cooperative and disposed of their liquor immediately. They were warned about the possible $230 fine for public consumption of liquor and escorted out of the park.

On Friday Oct 4 at 11:00PM a vehicle was noted to be driving in excess of the speed limit in the 700 block Vernon St. It then did a U-turn and parked in a no parking zone. NPD members stopped and approached the driver. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol but refused to provide a sample of his breath as required, upon demand. He then began filming the members and interfered with the impounding of his vehicle. He was arrested and charged with obstructing a police officer and will answer to those charges Dec 3 in Nelson. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days and his driver’s license suspended for 90 under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act.