Nelson Police Department’s Community Policing Officer Sgt. Dino Falcone attends the Bike Rodeo at South Nelson School on May 22, 2014. Community members joined together to provide bicycle safety checks and to counsel riders on bicycle safety.
Nelson Police Department Reserves in action during ICBC Speed Watch Campaign
What is the idea behind the speed reader board at the roadside? Is speed watch out to help the police see that speeding drivers get charged? Why are the people writing notes? These are common questions asked about a very valuable volunteer group in your community.
To learn more about speed watch go to Drive Smart.
On the first weekend in May, the Nelson Police Department, in conjunction with the Nelson RCMP, Nelson Fire Rescue, Nelson Search and Rescue, and BC Ambulance held our first annual Emergency Services Camp for local high school students. The camp is based on our previous successful years of Police Camp in Nelson. This year involved students from LV Rogers Secondary, Salmo Secondary, JV Humphries Secondary in Castlegar, Mount Sentinal Secondary and Grand Forks Secondary. Our students were involved in demonstrations from the various emergency services and completed the requirements for the police physical testing along with firearms and accident investigation. It was a very busy weekend and ended with a graduation where all students received a Certificate for their participation. We would like to thank the following for their support:
- Elaine McLaren and Jean Pisacreta and their many volunteers for all the meals prepared for the students and volunteers.
- Sherry-Lynn McGregor for all her work through LV Rogers.
- Lauren Mirva, our Mt Royal University practicum student working with the Nelson Police Department.
- Western Auto Wreckers for supplying the vehicle for our accident investigation.
- Interior Health Authority for their site support.
- The Royal Canadian Legion, Nelson Rotary, the Nelson Police Association, the Regional District for the Central Kootenay, Kaslo Village Council, Castlegar City Council, Salmo Village Council, and Ravestein Construction Ltd., for their financial support.
- The Nelson and District Community Complex and their lifeguards.
- Sweetwater Embroidery for our uniforms.
- LV Rogers Secondary for allowing us to use their school facilities for the weekend.
- Rowan Weber for being our drill instructor.
- All the volunteers from the Nelson Police Department, the Nelson Police Reserves, the Nelson RCMP, the Nelson Fire Rescue, Nelson Search and Rescue and BC Ambulance who donated their time to make our Camp a success.
Finally, we would like to thank our group of students who participated in our Camp for 2014, you were an awesome group. Our Emergency Services Camp is a true example of our communities working together to create opportunities and career ideas for our youth.
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Over the weekend the Nelson Police Department received several reports of bears in both the Hospital and Fairview areas of the City. Members were able to locate a black bear in the Seventh and Gordon Street area and used non-lethal flash bangs to scare the bear which is the preferred method if the bear is not aggressive. In this event, the bear had several bags of garbage strewn around the area. The public is reminded to keep their garbage secure as easy access to garbage will cause more bear encounters and the bears will not leave if they can continue to access food sources (garbage) in the City.
On May 10th, 2014 at 5h10 PM the Nelson Police Department received multiple 911 calls for a fight in the area of Ward and Baker Streets. The fight was between two intoxicated males and resulted in an arrest. One of the combatants was held due to his being intoxicated and was released when he was sober. The fight was consensual and no charges are pending.
On May 11th, 2014 at 6h30 AM, the Nelson Police Department received several calls regarding a male who was passed out on the shoulder of Hwy 3A just before the Lakeview Crescent exit. Initial reports were that the male had fallen from a 5 metre wall adjacent to the highway however upon assessment by paramedics it appears as if the male was intoxicated and had passed out and not fallen as was initially reported.
On May 12th, 2014 at 7h30 PM, the Nelson Police Department received a report of a female passed out in the park in the 500 block of Hendryx. A 50 year old female was the subject of the complaint, was intoxicated and had court imposed conditions not to consume alcohol. Charges for breach of probation are pending.
Saturday May 10 is your opportunity to quickly and easily dispose of old and unused prescription medication that you may have in your home. The Nelson Police Department encourages people to drop off prescription medication they no longer need at one of the local pharmacies.
The misuse and abuse of prescription medication has become a public safety issue for communities and police services across the country, who are working together to draw attention to this public safety concern. Prescription drug drop off day is a one day initiative supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, Partnership for a Drug Free Canada, Health Canada, and Public Safety Canada.
Residents are further reminded that they can return any unwanted or outdated prescription medications to their local pharmacy for safe and secure disposal at any time.