NELSON RESTORATIVE JUSTICE – A HISTORY

Restorative Justice Volunteers 2016Upon being named Chief Constable of NPD by the Nelson Police Board in January of 2011, Wayne Holland announced that one of his priorities was to establish a Restorative Justice program. Gerry Sobie, a volunteer Restorative Justice (RJ) Consultant and Trainer, along with Nelson Police Department’s Community Policing Officer-Sgt. Dino Falcone worked tirelessly to make that vision a reality. They launched the Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice (NPDRJ) program in April of 2014.

With Sgt. Falcone’s support, Mr. Sobie forged ahead with a 4 month program, training a group of volunteers who take on files that involve crimes such as: theft, assault, mischief and B &E. There are currently 12 well trained volunteers, and 14 new volunteers who are currently undergoing basic training with the goal of becoming restorative justice facilitators and mentors.

Our volunteers represent a cross-section of our community, with backgrounds in education, conflict-resolution, technology, trades and business. They are passionate and committed to learning and refining the skills required to handle complex files and emotionally challenging situations.