Forging Ahead: Nelson Police Strategic Plan 2011-2015

Nelson Police Strategic Plan

The municipal Nelson Police Board is proud to present to the community a long-term Strategic Plan to guide the work of the Nelson Municipal Police force. The completion of this plan reflects the commitment of the Board and staff to achieving the vision of the Nelson Municipal Police.

Nelson Police Strategic Plan 2011-2015

Bomb Threat at the Nelson Court House

On Monday April 28 at approximately 1:30 PM an unknown person called the Nelson court house to report they had planted a bomb in the building. A decision was made by courthouse management to evacuate and a search was conducted by members of the Nelson Police Department, Sheriffs and RCMP.

A suspicious package was found during this search. For safety reasons the adjoining City Hall building was evacuated and nearby businesses were advised of the situation. The RCMP bomb disposal unit was brought in to investigate the package.

It was subsequently determined that the threat was a hoax. The investigation is ongoing and the Nelson Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the offender. If you have any information please contact the Nelson Police at 354-3919 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Armed Robbery at the Nelson and District Credit Union

On April 25, 2014 at approximately 2:14 pm Nelson Police Department (NPD) members responded to a report of an Armed Robbery at the Nelson and District Credit Union. Officers pursued and located the male suspect (affected person) on a bridge in the Bonnington Dam area. The affected person did not comply with officers’ command to stop and he subsequently jumped over the bridge landing approximately 30-40- feet below. The affected person sustained significant injuries. He was taken into custody and was to hospital for treatment.

The RCMP Forensic Identification Unit was also on scene to assist with the follow up investigation. Due to the injuries sustained to the affected person, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) was notified of the incident, and have asserted jurisdiction in the matter, and will be investigating. The Nelson Police Department remains responsible for all concurrent investigations into the actions of the affected person.

The Nelson Police Department (NPD) would like to sincerely thank members of the general public for their diligence in forwarding information which assisted with the arrest of these individuals. NPD would also like to thank the RCMP for their assistance at the scene as well as subsequent follow up investigation.

Armed Robbery Update

Nelson Police Department would like to update the public that the bicycle used in the April 11, 2014 armed robbery of Kootenay Currency Exchange has been located and is in police possession. The bicycle will be returned to the owner in the coming days.

Nelson Police Department would like to thank the public for all of the information received regarding this robbery to date and encourage the public to continue to contact police or Crimestoppers with any information about the matter.

Investigators are not able to provide any further specific details of the investigation at this point.

Medial Release: April 22, 2014

On Friday April 22 at 6PM a motorist called to report a pair of intoxicated males on the side of the highway who had thrown something at his truck. When he pulled over to talk to them one attempted to fight him so he left and called NPD. Officers arrived to find the two still in the same area drinking. One was arrested and charged with public intoxication, lodged into cells and released when he was no longer a danger to others. The other was charged for consuming liquor in public and, being sober enough to care for himself, was allowed to go to a nearby friends home for the evening. NPD file 2014-1596 refers.

On Saturday April 23 at 11:00PM the Nelson Police received several 911 calls about a crazed male covered in blood running around breaking windows in the downtown area. One person attended NPD office to report he had smashed her car windshield with her still in the vehicle. Nelson Police members raced to the scene and managed to take the obviously delusional male into custody. He had to be transported to hospital due to his bizarre behavior and injuries he caused himself. The 33 year old male remains in police custody and will appear in Rossland court April 23 to answer to charges of mischief to property, causing a disturbance, resisting arrest and breaching release conditions. NPD file 2014-1602 refers.

The annual Fair was in Nelson over the Easter weekend. The Nelson Police increased patrols to ensure a safe fun time for people of all ages. There were numerous liquor seizures in and around the event but no major incidents.

As a reminder to those that feel they need to have a drink at these type of events the fine for carrying open liquor or consuming it in a public place is $230.

Public Assistance Request Armed Robbery

Nelson Police File 2014-1466

Nelson Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with locating the bicycle used in the recent armed robbery at Kootenay Currency Exchange. Nelson Police Department has determined the bicycle used by the suspect to arrive at and depart from the scene was stolen prior to the robbery.

The bicycle is unique and described as a Kona (brand) “Jake the Snake” (model) cyclocross or road style bike. The bike is primarily green in colour with a white stripe on the down tube area. The bike has drop racing style handlebars as well and could be described as newer and higher end in terms of quality and condition. A photograph of the bicycle is attached for reference.

Should members of the public feel that they have located this bicycle please contact Nelson Police Department. Do no attempt to pursue or approach any individuals associated to this bicycle.

All information regarding this event can be forwarded to police or Crimestoppers.

Easter Weekend Travel Safety Tips

Tips to help your family travel safely this Easter weekend

The Easter long weekend is a popular time for a spring getaway, but drivers are
reminded that highways will be busy and road conditions may remain winter-like and
dangerous in some parts of B.C.

Here are some tips to help B.C. families prepare for a safe road trip:

  • Be prepared: Weather conditions can change suddenly at this time of year, especially when travelling over long distances. Check the road and weather conditions for your entire trip at drivebc.ca which features over 400 webcam views throughout the province.
  • Get a tune-up: Remember to check the engine oil, washer fluid and lights. Take a look at your vehicle’s tires, including the spare, to make sure they are in good condition and properly inflated. Keep winter tires on vehicles until April 30, if driving mountain passes.
  • Stay alert: Be realistic about travel times and plan rest stops at least every two hours to avoid becoming fatigued while driving. Fatigue slows a driver’s reaction time, decreases awareness and affects their judgment.
  • Put phones away: Turn off cell phones or store them out of reach to avoid the temptation. Research shows five seconds of texting at highway speeds is like driving blindfolded for almost the length of an entire football field.
  • Be sober: The risk of being in a fatal crash is, on average, seven times greater at a blood alcohol content (BAC) between .05 and .08, compared with driving sober. Let someone else drive or make alternate arrangements to avoid drinking and driving.
  • Obey the limit: Speed is B.C.’s number one road safety problem, contributing to about 35% of all fatal crashes. Vehicles driven at greater than 40 km/hr over the posted speed limit are immediately impounded in B.C. Their drivers are fined and three penalty points are added to their licence.
  • Share the road: Warmer weather encourages more motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists to hit the road. Give other road users the time and space to reach their destinations safely.

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