Media Release: New Member of the Nelson Police Department

Matthew Gregor Caldwell joins the Nelson Police Department after having served with distinction for eight years as a member of the Ottawa Police Service. He is a past resident of Nelson, having attended the Selkirk College “Ski Area Operations and Management” program in 2000. That exposure to our remarkable City established a deep connection with, as well as an appreciation for, all that this community has to offer to an individual as well as to a family.

Upon his departure, he resolved to one day re-establish his roots in the Kootenay region.

Now married, he and his wife Penny look forward to settling in Nelson and raising their two young daughters, Wendy and Taylor, in the “Queen City”. His goal is to passionately build on his past community policing success in Ottawa and to use his significant knowledge, skill and ability for the benefit of the citizens of this community.


Photo:  Provincial Court Judge Hewson swore in Cst. Caldwell at the Nelson Law Courts on October 31, 2014. L to R:  Provincial Court Judge Hewson, Cst. Matt Caldwell, Chief Constable Wayne Holland

Emergency Services Camp

Emergency Services Camp

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.

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

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.