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 PRESENTATION TO COUNCIL
     2006 Year in Review




        D. R. (DAN) MALUTA
         CHIEF OF POLICE

      Inspector Henry K. Paivarinta



                                      (Presented December 18, 2006)
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                                            TABLE OF CONTENTS


CHIEF’S REPORT ........................................................................................................... 4
 BCAMCP........................................................................................................................ 4
 Integration Opportunities ................................................................................................ 5
 Protective Services Concept ........................................................................................... 5
 Succession Planning........................................................................................................ 6
 Police Board Structure .................................................................................................... 6
INSPECTOR’S REPORT................................................................................................. 8
 PRIME ............................................................................................................................ 8
 Occupational Health and Safety Program....................................................................... 9
 Dispatch ........................................................................................................................ 11
 Training......................................................................................................................... 12
 Comparative Statistics .................................................................................................. 14
INTEGRATED ROAD SAFETY UNIT ........................................................................ 16
 Background ................................................................................................................... 16
 Strategic Priorities……………………………………………………………………..16
 Reporting Period January to October 2006……………………………………………17
 Tactics…………………………………………………………………………………17
 Acknowledgements……………………………………………………………………17
PATROL DIVISION ...................................................................................................... 18
 Platoon A and B Statistics for January-October 2006 .................................................. 18
 Patrol Squad Statistics................................................................................................... 17
 Arrests ........................................................................................................................... 18
 Impaired Driving Charges............................................................................................. 18
 Beat Officer................................................................................................................... 19
 Patrol Investigation Highlights ..................................................................................... 19
COMMUNITY POLICING OFFICE ............................................................................. 22
 Block Watch Program................................................................................................... 22
 Nelson and District Road Safety Committee ................................................................ 22
 Block Parent Program ................................................................................................... 23
 ICBC Programs............................................................................................................. 23
 School Programs ........................................................................................................... 24
 Reserves ........................................................................................................................ 25
 New Programs............................................................................................................... 25
 Charity Fishing Derby................................................................................................... 25
GENERAL INVESTIGATION SECTION .................................................................... 27
BY-LAW DEPARTMENT............................................................................................. 30
 By-Law Enforcement.................................................................................................... 30
 Animal Control ............................................................................................................. 30
 Skateboard and Bicycle By-Laws................................................................................. 30
 Vandalism ..................................................................................................................... 31
 Statistics ........................................................................................................................ 31


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 General Assistance........................................................................................................ 31
NELSON CITY POLICE/RCMP VICTIM SERVICES UNIT...................................... 32
 Organization.................................................................................................................. 32
 Service Delivery............................................................................................................ 32
 Committee Involvement................................................................................................ 33
 Meetings and Workshops.............................................................................................. 33
 Statistical Data .............................................................................................................. 34




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CHIEF’S REPORT
CHIEF D. R. (DAN) MALUTA


2006 has been a busy and challenging year for the Department, as will be evidenced in
the ensuing section reports, and this was also true for me personally. Reflecting back, it
was a year that I was able to experience a great deal of personal and professional growth.


British Columbia Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police (BCAMCP)

In December of 2005, I was voted in as President of the BCAMCP for a two-year term,
2006-2007. As President, I have chaired nine meetings of our Association over the past
year and represented our organization, composed of thirteen Municipal forces in British
Columbia, both provincially and nationally, at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of
Police (CACP). Some of the key deliverables that occurred were as follows:
     • From our discussions, the Director of Police Services agreed to fund two
         Municipal Undercover Coordinator positions from the Provincial Police budget
         – a valuable and unprecedented result;
     • We held a special meeting on police governance, where the CACP “New Deal
         for Policing” was endorsed unanimously by resolution and an Integration Policy
         Statement was developed;
     • We struck several subcommittees to deal with emerging issues for policing,
         including the Justice Institute Training Subcommittee and the Complaint
         Commission Audit Subcommittee;
     • We put forward and signed off on several legislative initiatives, including the
         Safety Standards Act, the Civil Forfeiture Act and MOU’s on information
         sharing and joint investigations with WorkSafe BC;
     • We met with the Associate Chief Judge for the Province of BC and the Chief
         Judicial Justice of the Peace in order to advance our concerns about the criminal
         justice system and promote swifter and more efficient justice system response to
         offences;
     • We held a landmark meeting with the BC Federation of Police Officers and the
         Vancouver Police Union in order to promote better workplace relations;
     • We established positions for Provincial Use of Force and Emergency Response
         Team coordinators;
     • We continued to meet with the BC Association of Police Boards at their annual
         AGM and conference, a trend that was started when they met here in Nelson for
         the first time, in May, 2005.

As a result of my role in the BCAMCP, I was nominated to the Board of Governance for
the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC), and sit on that Board
alongside D/Commissioner Bev Busson (RCMP), Chief Jamie Graham (Vancouver PD)
and Chief Paul Hames (BCACP). I was also appointed to the BC Ops Council, planning


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strategic direction against organized and serious crime targets in the Province and sat on
the Police Honours Night nomination committee (annual awards of Valour and
Meritorious Service). For this event, held November 23rd at Government House in
Victoria, I was fortunate enough to be placed at the head table alongside her Honour, the
Lieutenant Governor. I will be breathing much easier when my mandate is complete at
the end of 2007.


Integration Opportunities with the RCMP

As will have been noted in my reports to the Board, thinking globally has allowed us to
enter into policing projects with the RCMP that are paying big dividends to the public,
the organizations and the officers alike. Initiatives like the Integrated Road Safety Unit
(IRSU) have allowed us to expand the footprint of the Nelson Police, gain additional
training and experience and promote a unified response to regional crime problems, while
creating diversity and enhanced job satisfaction for officers.

Currently, we are reaping the benefits of sharing costs and resources in operating an
integrated cell block, breathalyzer and booking station, as well as providing reciprocal
support for special events and in tackling major crimes. While it was an arduous and
somewhat daunting process- virtually uncharted territory- the successes experienced thus
far give me every confidence in moving forward with more secondment opportunities and
integration initiatives. Having three Nelson Police officers in IRSU, for example, brings a
level of enforcement against reckless and impaired drivers to our area that was heretofore
unheard of, all funded by the Province.

Beginning in May of 2006, with the involvement of the RCMP Operational Strategy
Branch, discussions have ensued on carrying integration efforts to higher levels,
involving a centralized command in a regional policing concept. We are currently
conducting the environmental scan and other component pieces of the study, with the
resulting template or integration plan to be produced in six months. This could result in
the best of both possible worlds for Nelson, with the local Board, Council, and citizenry
still empowered to maintain its municipal police force with a 110-year legacy, while
benefiting from partnering on the resources of the Provincial force. Integration outcomes
may be influenced by the Province now having implemented taxation for policing in the
rural areas and municipalities under 5000 population.


The Protective Services Concept

The idea of amalgamating emergency services under one umbrella within the City of
Nelson flowed from Council’s Strategic Planning session. This concept has many facets,
all the way from integrating dispatch and call response to potentially changing reporting
relationships within the City. In order to explore potential opportunities and efficiencies
that might result from an integrated police/fire dispatch, as a first step, police managers




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met with Fire Chief Randy Brieter and a SWOT analysis document was produced that was
forwarded to the City Manager, Kevin Cormack.

This initiative will require further discussion and study in the New Year, and is
exploratory at this stage. Much will depend on the success of other police integration
initiatives mentioned above, the technological upgrades to our communications
infrastructure (planned for 2006 and to be executed in 2007), and the corporate strategic
direction of the City.


Succession Planning

As is the case with other sectors in the City, the Nelson Police face challenges in
succession planning because of ballooning retirements in the next few years. Fully 30%
of the Department will hit their full retirement dates by 2010. Moreover, of these six
positions, five are in NCO and Management capacities, requiring a rapid training,
promotion and transition plan.

Hindering us in the ability to bring down the average age of the Department and stagger
hiring is the global trend toward individuals engaging in police careers later in life. While
thirty years ago the average police officer was hired at 21 years of age, this is closer to
the age 30 mark now. We are endeavouring to recruit and hire exempted officers in their
20’s, but there are simply none to be found. This is not all bad news, as long as
individuals remain in the profession for a 20 or 30 year career after starting later in life-
this may be the new reality for policing. On the positive side, it bodes well for a
profession that requires an ever-heightened level of maturity, judgment and complexity.
Arguably, we have the most highly trained and educated workforce in the City, certainly
the highest percentage having completed undergraduate and master’s degrees.

Demonstrating the trend, in 1999, the average age of the Department sat at 45 years, with
an average experience level of 22 years. In 2006, the age has come down only slightly to
42 years, with an average experience of 14.6 years. There is some good news in this, as
people younger in their careers- if not a great deal younger in age- haven’t yet seen it all
and bring enthusiasm to the workplace. The real challenge will be in grooming them to
take the helm of the Department during a major “changing of the guard.”


Police Board Structure

2006 saw the end of an era, with veteran Police Board Directors Don Stewart and Patricia
Dooley leaving after 6-year and 3-year terms, respectively. We acknowledge their
contributions to Board governance and will miss the experience and continuity they
brought to the table. Rather than simply replacing them, Police Services Division forecast
to January 2007, where another vacancy will arise with the retirement of Director Don
Barcham from the Board. Based on this, three new appointments were made to the Board:
Neil Muth, CEO of the Columbia Basin Trust; Barry Taylor, local businessman and



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former City Councilor, and Leona Ashcroft, insurance adjuster, member of several boards
and committees and President of the Rotary Daybreak Club.

The learning curve for the new Board members (and the Chief!) has been steep, and they
hope to take advantage of governance training opportunities provided in 2007, along with
attending the Annual AGM and Conference in New Westminster. For the past 3 years,
Director Barcham has been on the executive of the BC Association of Police Boards
(BCAPB) and his role in this regard will be missed. We hope to once again host the
BCAPB conference in Nelson in 2008.




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INSPECTOR'S REPORT
INSPECTOR HENRY PAIVARINTA


PRIME

The Nelson Police Department has successfully implemented the PRIME-BC RMS
(Record Management System) and CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system and their
interfaces to LEIP (Law Enforcement Information Portal), CPIC (Canadian Police
Information Center) and JUSTIN court records system.

Key personnel were identified to complete advanced training in the application, to
provide training leadership to the other staff, and to provide ongoing operational support
after the "GO LIVE" phase. A flexible and blended approach to training was instrumental
and the most effective approach to implementing a complex system such as PRIME-BC.
Trainers were given ample specialized training in all aspects of the system and became
Super-Users. Trainers were part of the staff and their expertise continued to be available
to the agency post-implementation. Most staff was cross-trained on various aspects of the
system so that there was a heightened awareness of the impact of data quality across the
system.

Post-implementation presented some obstacles to overcome in the workflow process.
Bottlenecks were identified, requiring the reassignment of duties, and training was
updated immediately. Weekly data quality reviews were completed and issues were
communicated to all staff in the form of Training Bulletins. Super-Users were available
during nightshift and mentorship programs were established.

In May of 2006 a PRIME-BC Audit and Compliance Team attended the Nelson Police
Department to review current business practices and evaluate staff understanding of
workflow and systems’ functionality. Upon completion of the audit, a report was
provided to Nelson Police outlining recommendations. An action plan was developed to
address all relevant recommendations.

Overall, the audit was extremely complimentary of the Nelson Police Department's roll
out of PRIME-BC and some of Nelson's practices were implemented as
recommendations for other law enforcement agencies in British Columbia.

Comments included:
•    "The commitment level of all staff to the system was impressive."
•    "standards on Quality Management Systems Fundamentals identifies and defines
     8 quality management principles: Customer Focus, Leadership, Involvement of
     People, Process Approach, System Approach to Management, Continual
     Improvement, Factual Approach to Decision Making and Mutual Supplier
     Relationships. The Nelson Police Department demonstrated how using these
     principles lead to highly committed staff and excellent data quality."
•    "The quality of person entity information captured on Tickets (TK) and Known


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       Offender records (KO) was extremely high. Of the 908 TKs and 146 KOs
       sampled, virtually 100% had comprehensive person entity information attached."
•      "Staff demonstrated an exceptional understanding of workflow and is comfortable
       using it for a variety of tasks."

A query of Nelson police records for 2005 indicates that there were 5,943 CAD
complaints and 5,058 General Occurrence Reports generated. In other words, no police
report was created for 17.5% of all calls for service received by the Nelson Police
department in 2005. This 17.5% discrepancy is not inconsistent with other police
agencies currently utilizing the PRIME-BC records management system. The majority of
these calls for service consist of confirmed false alarms, suspicious occurrences where no
suspect or vehicle description is available.


                      CAD CALLS General Occurrence Reports CAD/GO Ratio
Jan - Oct 2006          5,298           4,166                 78.6%


The costs associated with information technology remain onerous for the Nelson Police
Department. Connectivity to the PRIME-BC RMS server housed at E-Comm is
accomplished by utilizing a business ADSL line. When combined with 1X technology
used to establish connectivity to laptop computers inside patrol vehicles the combined fee
for both services is approximately $15,000 - $17,000 annually. Police Services Division
recently informed all municipal policing agencies in British Columbia that 2007 licensing
fees for PRIME-BC will be $500 per member. For the Nelson Police Department this
translates to $8,500 annually, making total costs for service around $25,000 annually.
Connectivity rates are based upon gigabytes of transmission which vary monthly.


Occupational Health and Safety Program

The Corporation of the City of Nelson, through its Mayor, Council and Chief
Administrative Officer were responsible for the creation of an Occupational Health and
Safety Program to comply with the WCB Regulation. The Nelson Police Department is
committed to adopting and implementing policies to conform to the legislation. To
achieve this aim, the Nelson Police were required to:
•      create a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee in order to consult with
       employee representatives on health and safety matters;
•      to meet or exceed the minimum requirements of relevant Occupational Health and
       Safety legislation;
•      to identify hazards, assess risks and manage those risks;
•      to monitor and review the effectiveness of policies and implement improvements
       when necessary
•      produce annual health and safety action plans summarizing key objectives and
       timescales;



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The Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee meets monthly with the minutes of
each meeting posted internally for all employees to review. The JOSH committee has
been responsible for identifying situations or conditions that may be unhealthy or unsafe
for employees. Through consultation, control measures, recommendations and changes
have resulted to improve overall health and safety.

Improvements have included safety orientations, ongoing training, workplace
inspections, better documentation and records and improved reporting policies.

Consultation with the City of Nelson's Corporate Safety Officer has resulted in a more
streamlined process for Incident / Accident reporting, processing of WCB claims, safety
training, injury accident trends and prevention. By acting as the primary contact person,
the Corporate Safety Officer has provided Nelson Police with a spreadsheet outlining and
detailing all injuries and potential claims reported in 2006. This spreadsheet identifies
injuries trends with data qualifiers indicating accident type, severity of injury,
recommendations for prevention and whether a WCB claim was required.

2006 City of Nelson Joint Incident/Accident Investigation Forms reveals the following:

•       3 injuries suffered by Nelson By-Law Enforcement Officers (lower leg, Achilles
        tendon, neck)
•       11 injuries suffered by Nelson Police Officers (7 injuries sustained while dealing
        with violent/combative/intoxicated suspects)


The Nelson Police Department has also fulfilled its obligation at the corporate level as an
active participant in the City of Nelson Corporate Safety Committee. The police and By-
Law departments are represented on the Corporate Committee, which also meets
monthly. Corporate meetings create an environment where common safety issues and
concerns effecting all City departments can be identified, discussed and corrected with
input from all members. Under the direction of the City of Nelson's Corporate Safety
Officer, each City department can ensure their work practices are consistent and comply
with the Workers' Compensation Act and WCB OHS Regulation.

In October, the Nelson Police Board ratified the following policies developed in
consultation with the Corporate Safety Officer:

    •   Personal Protective Equipment – Policy #OG10
    •   Industrial Accidents – Policy #OB150
    •   Occupational Health and Safety – Policy #AB230
    •   Protection of Workers from Violence in the Workplace – Policy #AB100.01
    •   Communicable Diseases – Policy #OG40
    •   Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHSC) Terms of Reference – Policy
        #AB230.1




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This approval finalized new OH&S protocols and increased thresholds of safety by
making, for example, the wearing of ballistic vests and seat belts mandatory.

The Nelson Police Department is committed to ensuring that every worker receives
adequate instruction to do their work safely. To achieve this, the Nelson Police have
enrolled employees in training sessions that include Level One First Aid, Fire
Extinguisher Training, WHMIS, Risk Assessment and Violence in the Workplace
Training.


Dispatch

Nelson Police Dispatch remains the emergency communications centre for Nelson as the
designated Primary Service Answer Point (PSAP). Dispatch personnel perform the role
of call-takers and are the vital link in emergency response situations. They coordinate
communications between police officers, firefighters and paramedics to ensure a swift
and appropriate response.

Nelson Police Dispatch personnel also perform important secondary roles including
servicing the public information counter, monitoring prisoners in the cell block,
providing first aid, answering non-emergency calls and dispatching by-law enforcement
officers.

The migration to PRIME-BC has enabled dispatchers to utilize Computer Aided Dispatch
(CAD). The CAD system allows the 9-1-1 caller to remain on the line with dispatch
while simultaneously mobilizing units to respond to the emergency. The CAD system
incorporates rugged laptop computers in the patrol cars linked directly to Nelson Police
dispatch for an instant and seamless sharing of information.

The PRIME Records Management System (RMS) has also placed additional
responsibilities on dispatch personnel. They have been tasked with additional roles,
including:

•      "Transcription" in the workflow process in accordance with established routing
       rules
•      Maintenance of the "Master Name Index" by ensuring comprehensive information
       is attached
•      Input of "TK" (Ticket) and "KO" (Known Offender) information, including
       maintenance and validation
•      Updates to "Master Street Index" including geographical mapping functionality
•      Person and Vehicle Entity Linking




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The telecommunications and dispatch function for the Nelson Police Department
continue to be performed by four full-time employees with local history and knowledge.
Some have argued that the benefits of local history and knowledge are of limited
assistance in the role of 9-1-1 dispatching. Nelson Police Dispatch personnel have
repeatedly proven the benefits associated with living in, knowing and being a part of the
community.

Nelson Police Dispatchers continue to serve as the lifeline between the community and
emergency services, including police, fire and ambulance. Their dedication to service is
reflected by their professionalism and desire to assist the community their serve. As 9-1-1
emergency call-takers, Nelson Police dispatchers will remain on the line, time permitting,
on emergency calls for EHS (ambulance). If the caller identifies his location within the
City limits, the dispatcher will contact Nelson Fire and have first responders rolled out to
the location. This practice has been very successful at delivering much needed First
Response in a timely manner. It has now been adopted as Standard Operating Procedures
(SOP), thus ensuring the best possible use of available resources to the public.


Training

Departmental training budgets indicate the level of commitment dedicated to the
professional development of its employees. Organizational budgets vary from .5% to
2.2% of total operating budgets within the policing universe. Nelson Police are at the
lower end of the spectrum, having allocated 1.4% for training in 2006. Educational funds
are available annually to members at 100% reimbursement for successful completion of
relevant police training courses. The focus of these programs must be to enhance skills
and public service delivery through innovative, adaptable, state-of-the-art training
available through recognized and accredited institutes.

Training challenges identified in 2007 include:
•      Impacts of new legislation and court decisions on resources
•      Building individual and organizational capacity to adapt to change
•      Increasing complexity of crime and investigations
•      Specialized investigations (cyber crime, financial crime and the globalization of
       crime)
•      Information management and information sharing
•      Keeping up with technology from investigative and administrative perspectives
•      Growing concerns regarding terrorism

Limited budgets, limited resources and as constant change are the primary challenges in
moving forward as quickly as agencies would like. Many of the challenges Nelson Police
are facing resulted from externally imposed mandates, policies and decisions over which
police executives had limited control.




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In 2006, Nelson Police members received training in the following fields:

       COURSE                                                 PROVIDER
•      CPIC Terminal Operator                                    PRTC
•      Senior Police Administration                              CPC
•      Forensic DNA                                              JIBC
•      Effective Presentations                                   JIBC
•      Search & Seizure                                          JIBC
•      Visual Statement Software                                 JIBC
•      BAC Datamaster (Breathalyzer)                             JIBC
•      Leadership Conference (3 members)                         JIBC
•      WSHNA Conference                                          WSHNA
•      Drug Recognition Expert                                   Vancouver Police
•      DARE Mentorship                                           RCMP
•      BAC Datamaster (Breathalyzer)                             JIBC
•      Counter Terrorism Info Officer                            PRTC

NOTE: WSHNA = Western States Hostage Negotiator Association
      PRTC = Pacific Regional Training Centre
      CPC = Canadian Police College, Ottawa
      JIBC = Justice Institute of British Columbia




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Comparative Statistics

The tables that follow capture the most recent (2005) data from Police Services Division
relating to municipal police agencies. Briefly, the data highlight that among the
municipal forces, Nelson has:

   •   The third highest crime rate (139 offences/1000 population)
   •   Fourth highest criminal case burden per member (80 offences/member)
   •   Fourth highest population per police officer ratio (576:1)
   •   And most impressively, the lowest cost per member of all municipal forces
       ($115,769/officer)

2005 Municipal Police Statistics

Population per Police / 1000               Crime Rate (CC rate / 1000)
1 Victoria                     440               1 Victoria                      186
2 Vancouver                    498               2 New Westminster               162
3 New Westminster              537               3 Nelson                        139
4 Nelson                       576               4 Abbotsford                    118
5 West Vancouver               590               5 Vancouver                     117
6 Delta                        680               6 Delta                          74
7 Abbotsford                   685               7 Port Moody                     67
8 Port Moody                   711               8 Oak Bay                        65
9 Saanich                      751               9 West Vancouver                 60
10 Central Saanich             801               10 Saanich                      57
11 Oak Bay                     832               11 Central Saanich               49

Cost per Member                                    Case Burden per Member
1 Oak Bay                      $161,900            1 New Westminster             87
2 New Westminster              $148,511            2 Victoria                    82
3 Central Saanich              $144,958            3 Abbotsford                  81
4 Vancouver                    $144,938            4 Nelson                      80
5 Port Moody                   $144,674            5 Vancouver                   58
6 Victoria                     $144,483            6 Oak Bay                     54
7 Delta                        $139,345            7 Delta                       50
8 Abbotsford                   $136,473            8 Port Moody                  47
9 Saanich                      $132,133            9 Saanich                     43
10 West Vancouver              $130,956            10 Central Saanich            39
11 Nelson                      $115,769            11 West Vancouver             35




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Data Qualifiers:
    1) Population figures reflect the “resident” population of a municipality and exclude commuters,
        students, tourists and other part-time residents. The number of people who spend some part of the
        day in the area either for business or pleasure purposes are not included.
    2) Crime rate is defined as the number of Criminal Code offences per 1000 population. Municipal
        crime rates do not necessarily reflect the relative safety of one municipality over another. More
        often than not, a high crime rate indicates that a municipality is a core city or tourist destination.
        Core cities are usually surrounded by unincorporated areas or other municipalities that have large
        residential populations.
    3) Criminal Code Case Burden is defined as the number of Criminal Code offences (excluding
        Traffic) per authorized police strength. Because it represents the workload per officer in each
        policing jurisdiction, the case burden is a better indicator of the demand for police services than
        either population or crime rate.




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INTEGRATED ROAD SAFETY UNIT
SERGEANT FRED MANSVELD, NCO i/c


Background

IRSU was formed in May of 2005. The unit consists of six members and is truly an
integrated unit, consisting of three RCMP members and three Nelson Police members.
The unit is based in Nelson and has a mandate to target those factors that cause serious
harm on our provincial highways and roadways. Members of the unit strive to implement
strategic traffic initiatives using statistical data gathered through Police Records
Information Management Environment and Traffic Services Management Information
Tools. IRSU members are considered somewhat nomadic in nature, often traveling
extensive distances while carrying out their duties. The area patrolled by the unit spans
the entire US border just west of Creston to Bridesville. It also patrols north of
Beaverdell, north of Nakusp to Galena Bay and to the top of the Salmo/Creston Pass,
including all the highways in-between.


Strategic Priorities

Members of the IRSU focus on the following strategic priorities, providing enforcement
in an effort to:

   •   increase seatbelt wear compliance across the region, thereby reducing the amount
       of seatbelt related injuries and deaths
   •   reduce impaired driving / alcohol related injury / fatal crashes
   •   reduce the frequency of speed and aggressive driving related collisions
   •   reduce the frequency of intersection related collisions
   •   improve commercial vehicle safety on our roadways by concentrating efforts on
       the professional driver and his/her driving behaviour
   •   target criminal organizations that utilize public roadways

Traffic law enforcement gives officers an unparalleled opportunity to be proactive and
save lives. The causal relationship between consistent, goal oriented enforcement and
casualty reduction stands clear and undisputed. Strategic, visible traffic enforcement is
demonstrably justifiable on its own merits and creates a broad general effect of
deterrence.

IRSU officers are presented with a unique opportunity regarding traffic work as police
work. Creative use of their time and training has led to a mindset to look beyond just
writing a ticket. Major dividends are being realized with the apprehension of numerous
traveling criminals whose activities have been exposed by a traffic stop. IRSU, working
in conjunction with policing partners from neighbouring detachments have created an
added sense of security to the traveling public. It provides a challenge to the irritated
motorists reacting to a traffic stop: “why aren’t you out catching real criminals?” We are,


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but in addition to, not at the expense of, the traffic law enforcement responsibility.
Patrolling our streets and highways remains a vital task of protecting public safety.

As drivers, citizens are more likely to have direct contact with a police officer than in any
other aspect of their lives, and those contacts, both pleasant and unpleasant shape the
community’s view of the police one by one. Citizen complaints over the reporting
period: 0


Reporting Period January to October 2006

Documented traffic stops conducted by IRSU members
during reporting period:                                                    4320
Total number of self-initiated Criminal Code files generated:                  32
Total number of drug related files:                                            69
Total weight of dried marijuana seized in pounds:                              51
Total number of impaired drivers removed from roadways:                        73
Total number of self-generated PRIME files:                                   387
Total cash seized:                                                        $48,600 CAD


Tactics

IRSU members have been credited with pioneering several innovative and creative
tactics. We have achieved great successes by conducting multi-location road safety
checks targeting impaired driving by literally checking every vehicle entering or leaving
the communities in our area. The use of non-conventional vehicles and plain-clothes
have also added an element of surprise. Shifts have been adjusted making the possibility
of encountering a Police Officer patrolling the Kootenay highways a reality at any given
time of day or night.

Working together toward Canada’s Road Safety Vision 2010, members of the Integrated
Road Safety Unit will continue to focus on those behaviors which place other road users
most at risk.


Acknowledgments

The Highway Safety Desk Book
Canada’s Road Safety Vision 2010




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PATROL DIVISION
SERGEANT PAT SEVERYN/SERGEANT HOWIE GRANT


Platoon A and B Stats for January – October 2006

Beginning in January, Platoon B welcomed back Cst. Brind’Amour who returned to
patrol in January after a five-year stint in GIS. Being one of the Department’s most
experienced investigators, members were eagerly looking forward to working with Cst.
Brind’Amour. In September of 2006, Cst. Brind’Amour applied for and was accepted
into Sgt. Mansveld’s IRSU unit where we know he will also excel. Also in September,
Platoon B lost Cst. Gauthier, who decided to take a new direction in his career.
Fortunately, the Department was able to fill one of these vacancies with the hiring of Cst.
Weber, formally with the Port Moody Police Department. The remaining position was
filled by Cst. McGillivray which left Platoon A one member under strength. The
Department expects to fill this vacancy in the New Year.


Patrol Squad Statistics

Files Generated:                                     4954
Violation Tickets issued:                            1022
Notice and Orders:                                    168
Liquor Control Act Violation Tickets:                 183
24 Hour Suspensions (includes by drug):                70
Drug Investigations:                                   20
Crown Counsel Reports:                                164


Arrests

Criminal Code:                                         231
Controlled Drug and Substance Act:                      15
Liquor Control Act:                                    176
Mental Health Act/Other                                 60

The largest difference in the arrest statistics compared to 2004 is seen in drug arrests and
Mental Health Act arrests with a 30% and 115% increase respectively.


Impaired Driving Charges

A total of twelve charges for Impaired Driving/Driver Over 80 mgs were laid during this
period, while 359 Liquor Control and Licensing Act charges were handled.




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Beat Officer

This year, patrol implemented a rotating beat position, giving all the officers an
opportunity to regularly walk the downtown core. This proved to be very successful as
our members found they were able to identify the problem makers and in the end had
much better control of the downtown district. Due to unexpected and extended absences
with patrol members during the spring and the beginning of summer, however, the beat
position was a little sporadic initially. Patrol shifts had to be covered by the assigned beat
officers but members regularly provided downtown foot patrols at peak periods when the
call load allowed.


Patrol Investigation Highlights

File No. 2006-0054
On January 4, 2006, police received a report of two teens being threatened by another
teen brandishing a knife at the corner of Victoria and Ward Street. The suspect and
another male were observed to run into an apartment building in the 500 Block of
Victoria Street.

Police attended the location and after canvassing other tenants were able identify the
suspect apartment. One 14-year old male was subsequently arrested and charged with
Assault with a Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace. His
14-year old accomplice was later charged with Obstruction, after police learned he had
removed and hidden a number of knives, including the one used in the assault. Both
males are scheduled for trial in early 2007.

File No. 2006-0244
On the 16th of January 2006, police received a silent alarm to the Medical Associates
Clinic at 3:50 am. A 45-year old Nelson man had broken into the clinic and then forced
his way into the Pharmacy by smashing out a window. He cut the alarm wires in the
pharmacy area then located the narcotics drawers. The accused pried the locked drawers
open and took over 7500 narcotic pills of different types. He then went into the basement
area of the clinic where he was located and arrested by police. As a result of his court
appearance, the man was sentenced to two years in jail, followed by three years
probation.

File No. 2006-0410
On the 26th of January at about 3:00 pm a witness working at Kootenay Lake Hospital
reported that a large red pickup drove into a parked grey Volkswagen on View Street.
The truck then backed up and left the scene, heading down View Street toward Carbonate
Street. A check of the area did not turn up the truck but the VW had thousands of dollars
in damage done to it as a result of the collision. Five days later the NPD beat officer
approached a confidential source in a local bar and was provided information on the
incident as well as a suspect. As a result, an arrest was made and a 28-year old Nelson
man was charged and made responsible for all damage costs.



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File No. 2006-1281
Several 911 calls came into NPD Headquarters at 1:15 pm on April 7th stating that there
was a knife fight in progress in the 500 block of Hendryx Street. Police responded
quickly and discovered two men fleeing the scene. Witnesses assisted greatly in
describing what had happened. One man admitted to pulling a knife on the other in self-
defense as he was accused of ripping him off over a drug deal. A suspect was identified
and charged with Causing a Disturbance by Fighting and Possession of a Weapon
Dangerous to the Public. He will appear in court in December of 2006.

File No. 2006-2255
During an evening foot patrol on May 28th, police came upon two males huddled together
at the entrance to the old City Hall building snorting cocaine. The males were both
detained at the scene and searched. A small quantity of cocaine was located on one
male; a 25-year old Nelson man was arrested. He has been charged with Possession of a
Controlled Substance. The matter is awaiting disposition.

File No. 2006-2719
On June 23, 2006, police received a 911 call from a woman claiming that her 17-year old
stepson had threatened to kill her. Police as a result of previous incidents knew the
suspect and that he was capable of carrying out the threat. The suspect was eventually
located in Rosemont and arrested. He was charged with two criminal offences, Uttering
Threats and Possession of a Controlled Substance. His first court appearance was
scheduled for October 2006.

File No. 2006-3589
On August 2, 2006, NPD received a report from Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Trail
that a male made two empty envelope deposits into a Nelson Credit union bank machine
totalling $1650.00. The suspect then went on a spending spree. ATM photographs were
obtained and two members of Nelson Police (one of them assigned to the beat)
recognized the suspect. Crown Counsel approved a charge of Fraud under $5000 and a
warrant has been issued for the subject’s arrest.

File No. 2006-4136
At 4:25 am on August 27, 2006, NPD received a report that pickup truck had just been
stolen from Kokanee Park Marina and was last seen heading into Nelson. Nelson police
officers subsequently set up on the north side of the orange bridge and eventually
observed the stolen truck as it drove by their location. The officers quickly and
effectively pulled the truck over and took the male driver into custody without incident.
The 23-year old Alberta man was charged with Theft under $5000 and Possession of
Stolen Property under $5000. He has since pled guilty and received a one year sentence.




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File No. 2006-4577
On September 20 at about 1:30 pm a man from Alberta visiting Nelson went into Ted
Allen’s Jewellers and asked to look at a number of diamond rings. The clerk showed him
several and eventually showed him the two largest ones in the store. The suspect took the
two rings valued at over $13,000 and ran out of the store. The owner chased the thief for
a couple of blocks with help of another citizen and lost the trail outside an apartment
building. NPD was called and responded with numerous officers. The area was sealed off
and the suspect was located hiding in an apartment bathroom with a female companion.
He was arrested for the theft and she subsequently turned the rings over to police at the
apartment. The accused remains in custody awaiting a court appearance in December of
2006.

File No. 2006-4937
On October 10, 2006, members were called to Kootenay Lake Hospital regarding an
emotionally disturbed person (EDP) causing problems in the emergency room. The 24-
year old male had threatened hospital staff and pushed over tables and furniture while
seeking assistance for a foot injury. Police arrested the man and charged him with
Causing a Disturbance and two counts of Uttering Threats. This suspect caused a similar
problem a few days later, and NPD was forced to deal with him again. This time he was
held for court and is currently being detained on a thirty day Psych Remand. Additional
charges of Resisting Arrest, Assaulting a Peace Officer and Common Assault are also
pending.

File No. 2006-5187
On the 24th of October Nelson Police attended to the location of a Break and Enter in
North Nelson. The suspect took five guns as well as ammunition, computer equipment
and ladies jewellery. A suspect was identified and police received source information of
where the guns were being kept. Surveillance was set up and NPD were able to
apprehend three additional suspects just west of Nelson testing out the guns in a remote
area. Within forty-eight hours the person responsible for the break-in was arrested after
execution of a search warrant. All the guns were recovered as well as the other property.
The suspect remains in custody awaiting his trial sometime in the near future.

File No. 2006-5371
On November 5, 2006, police were alerted to a domestic violence situation at a residence
in the Uphill area of the city. The suspect was known to police and has a record of
extreme violence, having assaulted police a number of times in the past. Officers attended
the residence in an attempt to arrest the accused and were met by him in an intoxicated
and violent state. The officers attempted to gain compliance by verbal commands to no
avail and were challenged by the suspect brandishing a steel chair. The TAZER was
deployed and the male was brought under control and arrested without further incident or
injury. The 58-year old man was charged with Spousal Assault and Uttering Threats and
was released on strict conditions to appear in court in December 2006.




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COMMUNITY POLICING OFFICE
CONSTABLE BILL ANDREASCHUK

Block Watch Program

The Nelson Block Watch Program is comprised of a group of volunteers from specific
areas in the city seeking to enhance the safety of their residential areas. These volunteers
meet on a regular basis with each other and with the police to discuss identified problems
in their area and then work with police to develop appropriate responses to their
concerns. The program has been active in Nelson since the summer of 2004 and program
coordinators Irene Evanoff and Bonnie Kotyk remain dedicated to its continuation and
expansion.

In April of this year signs were erected in areas connected with the program. Although
there have been no formal studies conducted, there appears to be a reduction of reported
criminal activities in these areas. Block Watch is currently active in most of Fairview
and a small portion of Uphill. It is expected that this program will continue to grow and
encompass a greater percentage of the city in the very near future.


Nelson and District Road Safety Committee

The Nelson and District Road Safety Committee is a collaborative effort between
I.C.B.C., Nelson Police, RCMP, Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit, BCAA, School
District #8, LV Rogers Secondary School and the Lions Clubs of Nelson and South
Slocan. Through fund raising and volunteer hours, this committee supports such
programs as Speed Watch, Bicycle Safety and Child Restraint Education. In addition,
this committee works with provincial and municipal agencies in the review of safety
issues such as intersections, seat belt compliance and speed.

Speed Watch: The Nelson Speed Watch group is comprised of volunteers from the Lions
Club. In 2006, Speed Watch volunteers conducted eleven speed and seat belt surveys
within the city limits. These surveys were conducted in areas where public complaints
indicated a need for extra attention, specifically the lower Fairview and Silver King areas
of Rosemont. The results of these surveys indicated that over 80% of drivers remained
within the legal speed limits and our city enjoys an 82% seat belt compliance.

The Speed Watch volunteers were also the recipients of four all-weather reflective jackets
from Poulin Agencies. These jackets help insure the safety and comfort of the volunteers
while they conduct their duties.




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Bicycle Rodeo: On September 10th, 2006 the NPD, in partnership with the Nelson and
District Community Complex, conducted an instructional Bicycle Rodeo on the
Community Center grounds. This event was well attended by youth from two to fifteen
years of age. Three mountain bikes, five helmets and a host of other prizes were
awarded. The event was such a success that it was decided it should become an annual
event.


Block Parent Program

In the spring of 2006 the provincial Block Parent Association shifted its focus from being
reactive to one of education. No longer will signs be displayed in residential windows.
The focus will now center on educating the local youth on where to go in times of
trouble, who you can trust and indicators to look for when dealing with a stranger.
Unfortunately many communities, Nelson included, were unable to identify individuals
capable of or willing to take on this task, and as a result the Block Parent Program in
Nelson and the surrounding rural area was suspended.


ICBC Programs

The Nelson Police enjoy a strong working relationship with the Insurance Corporation of
British Columbia. In 2006 this department participated in the following joint I.C.B.C.
and British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police Initiatives:

1.     Provincial Aggressive Driving Campaign – May 1-31, 2006.
       Nelson City Police dedicated seventy-two person hours to this campaign which
       targeted aggressive drivers within the city.

2.     Enhanced Provincial Counterattack Campaign – June 1-30, 2006.
       Twenty-one person hours were expended on this initiative.

3.     Zero Crash Month – October 1-31, 2006.
       This campaign recognizes a provincial wide challenge between Nelson and
       similar sized communities. Once again Nelson came out on top of West
       Kootenay cities. Nelson enjoyed a 27.8% reduction in collisions, Castlegar a 25%
       reduction, while Trail unfortunately had a 1.6% increase.

4.     Christmas Counterattack – December 1, 2006-January 2, 2007
       This event will be kicked off by an integrated road check at the Nelson Bridge
       from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on December 1st. An advertised media event, the road
       check will be comprised of members from Nelson Police, the Integrated Road
       Safety Unit, West Kootenay Traffic Services, I.C.B.C., the LVR Student Traffic
       Safety Committee, Nelson Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance and Western Auto.




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School Programs

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE): DARE is a prevention education program
that provides a pro-active approach to a global substance abuse problem. This co-
operative initiative between the community, the schools and the police has been active in
Nelson since February of 2001.

2006 was a banner year for the DARE program in Nelson. For the first time we were able
to deliver the Grade Six program to all of Nelsons Elementary Schools including:

1.   South Nelson – Cst. Dino Falcone
2.   Hume – Cst. Paul Burkart
3.   St. Joseph’s – Cst. Bill Andreaschuk
4.   Rosemont – Cst. Bill Andreaschuk

Cst. Falcone was chosen by DARE British Columbia as a candidate to join their
provincial mentoring team. Cst. Falcone attended DARE mentor training in Chilliwack,
B.C. during the first two weeks of May. In October, he continued his facilitation training
and from all accounts his performance has been exemplary.

Nelson has also become the first community in the West Kootenays to offer the Junior
Secondary School portion of this program. Cst. Falcone is currently teaching the Grade
Eight Curriculum to thirty-two students at Trafalgar Junior Secondary. Well done Cst.
Falcone!

The DARE program in Nelson enjoys a strong working relationship with local service
groups and corporate sponsors. Yearly donations from the Royal Canadian Legion,
Western Auto, Nelson Kiwanis and Nelson Rotary clubs, as well as events such as the
Old Timers Hockey Challenge have ensured the continued success of this initiative.

LV Rogers Student Traffic Safety Committee: The Nelson City Police continued to work
closely with the student Traffic Safety Committee at LVR. We worked with the students
in information campaigns against drinking and driving delivered to the student
population. In addition the Traffic Safety Committee will be involved in the Christmas
Counterattack kick off which was held on December 1st, 2006.

Police Camp 2006: Police Camp is a cooperative effort between the NPD, the local
RCMP detachment and the staff at LV Rogers Secondary School. The program offers
selected students a three day insight into the life of a police officer. Starting with early
morning runs and moving to drill and investigational skill instruction, the students are
able to experience and appreciate first hand, what a person must go through to become
and remain a police officer.




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Preparations for the 2006 camp began in late December 2005 and carried through with
monthly meetings until the actual camp itself between May 13th and 15th, 2006. The
camp was attended by thirty-two students from Nelson, Kaslo, Salmo and South Slocan.
Once again, the camp was an unqualified success. Preparations have already started for
Police Camp 2007 which will be held May 4th, 5th and 6th at LVR.

Funding for the camp is supplied through a modest student fee, but primarily from
donations from corporate and community sources and government agencies such as the
Regional Districts and the villages of Salmo and Kaslo. The yearly cost to run the camp
is approximately $4500.

Training for the students is offered by sworn and reserve police officers from our
Department Police and the RCMP, who generously donate their time and expertise to
ensuring the quality instruction offered to the students.

School Talks and Visits: The Community Policing Officer has hosted seven separate
elementary school visits to the headquarters building. In addition, nine visits have been
made to various elementary and kindergarten schools.


Reserves

The Nelson Police Department Reserve Program establishment now stands at nine active
constables. In September of 2006, the department proudly welcomed five new Reserve
Constables. Reserve Constables Christopher Andreaschuk, Kelly Gallacher, Bernard
Gallon, Terrance Kidd and Michael Kosof were honoured at a graduation ceremony at the
Royal Canadian Legion. These individuals committed over one hundred and twenty
hours of their time to intensive training and difficult exams in order to voluntarily serve
the citizens of Nelson. These new members compliment our existing Reserve
Constables, Andrew McPhee, Nancy McPhee, Mark Young and Shelly Stewart.

In 2006 the Nelson City Police Reserve unit took part in ride-along patrol shifts,
conducted traffic control duties at over twenty parades, walks and special events,
conducted park patrols and assisted in bicycle safety programs. Total hours volunteered
by our reserves in 2006, to date, is 326 hours.


New Programs

Anti-Graffiti: This program is in its infancy and is expected to be fully up and running
by the spring of 2007. As there is an increase in the reported incidents of tagging and the
cost associated to repairing damage is moving into the tens of thousands, it is time to
address this problem head-on. This will be a cooperative program between the Nelson
Police, Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Business Association, local service groups and
the residents of the city. This office is already doing research on an appropriate approach
to the problem and is working closely with representatives of the groups mentioned.



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Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY): The PARTY Program has
been active throughout Canada and the U.S. for over ten years. Charmaine Sabo, a
concerned parent, started to examine the possibility of bringing this program to the West
Kootenays about one year ago. After extensive research and several trips to Cranbrook,
where the program has been delivered for over five years, she has gained the support of
LVR, Interior Health, and our Department in a commitment to deliver this program in
Nelson commencing in February of 2007.

The program offers the students a first-hand look at what happens at an accident scene
and follows an injured person through triage at the scene to the emergency and operating
rooms and finally, to the morgue. The impact on the youth is dramatic. The police will
offer a half hour talk at each session. These talks will include the emotional impact
experienced by officers at the scene of accidents and their feelings when they have to
inform family of the death of a child or loved one. The Nelson Police are committed to
this program and will supply two officers as liaison and instructors, Cst. Paul Bayes and
Cst. Bill Andreaschuk.


Charity Fishing Derby

The 13th Annual Charity Fish Derby was held October 13th, 14th and 15th at the Balfour
Beach Inn. Over one hundred and twenty people took part in this year’s derby making it
the best ever. $2500.00 was donated to the Kokanee Park School Salmon Program. The
program offered over two thousand elementary school children from across the
Kootenays a first hand look at the ecology surrounding our inland fishery.




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GENERAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
SERGENT STEVE BANK/DETECTIVE PAUL BURKART

During the first ten months of 2006, the General Investigation Section has investigated a
total of 125 incidents, including a number of major crime files, drug files and assisted in
two outside homicide investigations. As well, both GIS members participated in Police
Camp 2006, the DARE Program and a number of other community oriented programs and
lectures.

Nelson Police have been experiencing an increase in identity theft and fraud complaints.
GIS investigated a number of these complaints including an extensive multi jurisdictional
$40,000 fraud that resulted in a guilty plea in Nelson court. GIS is also presently
investigating a significant fraud and forgery ring involving a local educational facility.
The two suspects involved have been identified, the investigation is continuing and
charges are pending.

GIS also investigated a fraud involving a local financial institution perpetrated by a
Vancouver based Asian gang member with Nelson ties. The gang member was arrested
on an unrelated matter in Nelson and during that investigation members began to suspect
the fraud activity. A Warrant for fraud is now in effect, however the suspect has fled the
Nelson area.

Early in the year, GIS investigated a drive-by-shooting in the Rosemont area of Nelson.
Although charges have not yet been laid in the case, the investigation identified the
suspects involved, identified the motive and exposed two competing cocaine trafficking
groups that were subsequently targeted in the undercover drug operation during the
summer months.

GIS also investigated a residential break-in that occurred in Rosemont in February. The
victim of the offence was a mentally handicapped person and the offence was not
reported to police for several weeks. The resulting investigation lead to the conviction of
a 24 year old Nelson man for break and enter, theft and breach of bail. The suspect is
presently serving his sentence.

Another residential Break and Enter from the North Shore area was investigated in
October. The break in resulted in the theft of five long barreled firearms as well as
electronic equipment and jewellery. The subsequent investigation resulted in the
execution of a search warrant at a downtown hotel room where the majority of the stolen
property was recovered. Two other police operations led to the recovery of the remaining
firearms. A fifteen year-old Nelson youth has pled guilty to B&E, theft and weapon
charges and is presently before the courts. The investigation is continuing and more
charges against an adult male are pending.




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GIS also targeted a repeat offender involved in numerous nuisance complaints,
shoplifting and petty thefts in businesses in the downtown core. The investigation
resulted in numerous charges of theft and breach of bail. The accused, a 31 year old year
old female, is presently serving her sentence.

GIS also investigated a Nelson resident who was using the local Greyhound Depot to
transport drugs to the prairies. The investigation led to a large seizure of ecstasy and
charges against a seventeen year old Nelson youth who has since fled the province. A
Warrant for trafficking in ecstasy is being held for the youth.

During the summer GIS coordinated an undercover drug operation based in part on the
information derived from the drive-by shooting that occurred earlier in the year. A
number of active drug traffickers were targeted, including local licensed premises, street
dealers, dial-a-dope operations, residences and a retail store. The operation involved
undercover operators from other B.C. municipal police departments. The operation
resulted in a total of twenty-two charges against ten individuals, including charges of
trafficking in cocaine, marijuana, hashish and psilocybin (magic mushrooms)
Additionally, a search warrant was executed on a retail store where police recovered
approximately one pound of marijuana, a small amount of hashish, financial records and
$8,000 cash. The investigation resulting from the operation continues and will result in
further arrests as information and intelligence gleamed from the operation is developed.

Residential marijuana grow operations are on the increase in Nelson. GIS has shut down
four grow ops so far this year; three from the Uphill area including a 265-plant grow
operated by a forty year old female and a 291-plant grow operated by a 36 year old male.
The third grow operation was as a result of a residential house fire where a 315-plant
grow operation was discovered. Investigators have determined that the fire was caused
by the grow operation. The presence of two propane bottles and other hazardous material
made the suppression of the fire extremely dangerous for Nelson fire fighters. The two
homeowners involved are facing charges of production of marijuana and are presently
before the courts. Research studies show that one in twenty grow ops will result in a
devastating house fire.

The fourth marijuana grow operation was in the Fairview area and came as a result of a
landlord’s suspicion of their tenant’s activities. The tenant fled prior to police arrival. A
194-plant operation was discovered and police are presently seeking the suspect involved.

Recently two grow operations from last year have resulted in court convictions. Both
were first time offenders and both resulted in fines in the area of 7-8 thousand dollars and
forfeiture of money and equipment seized. These files were also turned over to Revenue
Canada.




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Two tragic drownings occurred in Nelson this summer which taxed our resources
significantly. One involved an 18 year-old youth who intentionally jumped from the
Orange Bridge and the second was a scuba diving accident resulting in the death of a 37
year-old female. The circumstances surrounding the scuba diving incident are still under
investigation.

A number of sexual assaults, historical sexual assaults and sexual interference complaints
were investigated during this period. One of the investigations is proceeding to charges
and the others are still under active investigation. GIS also investigated a several
criminal harassment files resulting in charges and/or peace bonds.

Our section assisted the RCMP during the investigation into the bank robbery at Playmor
Junction in July. Det. Burkart located the suspect vehicle involved and later assisted
investigators by obtaining a confession from the suspect.

We also assisted the RCMP in two murder investigations from Surrey and Trail.
Members located and interviewed witnesses, located vehicles and assisted in the
execution of a search warrant.

In January 2006, Detective Burkart attended the Justice Institute of British Columbia and
completed the Forensic DNA Course, which covered the taking of DNA samples from
individuals and the use of DNA as an investigative tool. In March 2006, Sgt. Bank
attended the Justice Institute of British Columbia and completed the Advanced 3D
Collision Diagramming Program, which will, along with the software package purchased,
aid in vehicle collision and crime scene diagramming and reconstruction.

Both G.I. members participated in Police Camp 2006, giving a lecture on Major Crime.
Both members participated in the Reserve Training and Detective Burkart also
participated in an E.H.S. training session at Selkirk College on crime scene protection
and paramedic safety. Sgt. Bank presented an Identity Theft lecture at a local financial
institute. Det. Burkart is also a DARE officer and taught a grade six class at Hume
School for ten weeks.




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BY-LAW DEPARTMENT
FRED THOMSON


The Nelson City By-Law Department consists of three members who work under the
direction of Nelson Police Chief Dan Maluta. Listed below are some of the duties that
these three members encounter during the year.


By-Law Enforcement

The three members seem to keep most of their time focused on parking enforcement as
well as Court Liaison duties. While it was initially thought that Court Liaison duties
would only occupy about 50% of one By-Law Officer position, these duties probably
consume closer to 80% of the job. Court related duties involve submitting and
maintaining police court files, transcribing sworn statements, the addition and removal of
CPIC entries, and tracking the Keep of Prisoner’s data. On a daily basis we also pick up
and drop off the City deposit and mail. The officers remove vehicles from Nelson streets
for having no insurance, gas leaks, or for being parked in a dangerous manner, and fine
vehicles parked at expired meters or posted time zones.


Animal Control

The number of canines that have been picked up for running loose in Nelson seems to
decrease every year. The officers’ belief is that due to continual awareness that the By-
Law truck could be in anyone’s neighborhood at any given time, dog owners are making
better efforts to keep their pets under their immediate care and control. The habitual
roaming dogs have been continually fined and their owners have subsequently taken the
appropriate steps to avoid future problems. Dogs in the downtown core typically belong
to tourists unaware of the By-Law or to locals short-cutting through town or taking their
dogs to work with them and keeping them at their office or business. The officers connect
with the public regularly to inform them of the existing By-Laws and, for the most part,
they are compliant.


Skateboard and Bicycle By-Laws

Anecdotally, all officers feel that there are less skateboards and bikes on the sidewalks
and there are fewer problems in the City this year. There are still some who continue to
deliberately disobey this By-Law and it does pose a challenge to the officers to pursue
them on foot when they have a swifter mode of transportation.




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Vandalism

Overall, the department had a very light year on this front. There are still parking meters
that get jammed or have the odd malfunction now and again and they are repaired as soon
as possible. We have made considerable progress from years past, when both malicious
damage to and theft from meters resulted in losses in the thousands of dollars.


Statistics

From January to the end of October the By-Law Department has generated 12,414
parking offences with March being the highest month at 1,563 tickets and April being the
lowest with 902 tickets. Fluctuations in enforcement statistics are more linked to the
number of shifts worked by the By-Law officers than by the behaviour of drivers.


General Assistance

Additional tasks that the By-Law Department completed in the past year were bear
removals, assisting police in search and rescue assignments, assisting police with grow
operation equipment removal, filling in for police dispatch, and giving thousands of
citizen directions to places and events. Overall, we try to be a good group of fair
employees who are sympathetic to the problems we encounter. And there is something
exciting for all of us to look forward to in 2007… a new By-Law truck!




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NELSON CITY POLICE/RCMP VICTIM SERVICES UNIT
DANA BARTER, COORDINATOR/JANE CLARK, ASSISTANT COORDINATOR


Organization

This unit has gone through a personnel revision with the retirement of long time
coordinator Edith Doyle in April 2006. Dana Barter, the Assistant Coordinator for the
program, has assumed duties and responsibilities of the Coordinator.              Jane Clark,
previously a dispatcher for Nelson City Police, has become the Assistant Coordinator for
the program effective April 2006. She commenced her training under Edith Doyle before
her retirement, to effect a seamless transition, and is continuing her training as required.

The unit has received a new replacement vehicle for Victim Services work thanks to
several corporate sponsors and local service clubs.

The PRIME records management system is now being utilized by Victim Services. The
RCMP and Nelson Police systems are separate and governed by different access rules,
with the Federal RCMP system restricting access considerably due to Federal Privacy
Rules which are under review relative to Victim Services Units in the province. The
Municipal system utilized by Nelson City Police allows us far more access, which
benefits us through information access and the file referral process, resulting in better
client service.


Service Delivery

The unit caseload continues to increase. Factors driving the increase are increased
population general growth, and more referrals from police personnel (the PRIME system
in the municipal context). In addition, there is a new traffic unit based at Nelson, IRSU
(Integrated Road Safety Unit) composed of three RCMP and three Nelson City Police
personnel which have been utilizing our services. Significantly, two armed robberies
occurred during the summer months, one being Kootenay Savings Credit Union at the
Slocan Junction, and the other being Shoppers Drug Mart in Nelson. Both these
occurrences had multiple victims (customers and staff) who experienced significant
trauma. A program contribution was subsequently received from Kootenay Savings
Credit Union in the amount of $980 in appreciation of ongoing Victim Services support
to their staff at the Slocan Branch. Two other tragic cases in which we provided critical
services were the two Nelson drowning occurrences, one a diving accident under the
Orange Bridge, the other a youth who had intentionally jumped from the Orange Bridge.
This death by misadventure had a number of young witnesses who were seriously
traumatized by the event). Spousal assaults and fatal traffic mishaps continue to dominate
the workload and caseload in the rural area (statistical data attached Appendix I). Plans
and preparations were made to address the Regional District of Central Kootenay for
Regional funding contributions in the last year, but we have been unable as yet to access
their Board. These plans and efforts continue.


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Committee Involvement

Dana Barter and Jane Clark both sit on the Violence Against Women in Relationships
Committee (VAWIR), and on the Nelson Transition House Advisory Board. A close
working relationship is maintained with the Nelson Community Services personnel. The
Unit and program are members of the Police Victims Services of B.C. (BCPVS) and the
North American Victim Assistance Organization (NOVA). Bi-monthly meetings with
the Advocacy Centre are held and regional meetings with other victim services units are
held quarterly.


Meetings and Workshops

The following training courses, seminars and workshops were attended by the unit
members to remain current in the field and enhance our ability to deliver client services.

Dana Barter attended the following workshops:
   • Regional Training - Cranbrook                                        2005-09-13
   • Understanding Your Grief                                             2006-02-16
   • Managing Safety by Knowing the Risks                                 2006-02-16
   • Child Exploitation                                                   2006-02-16

Jane Clark attended the following workshops:
   • “In Her Own Time” - Nelson                                           2006-04-25
   • Completed Module 1 Training                                          2006-10-05

Both Dana Barter and Jane Clark attended the following workshops:
   • VAWIR COMMITTEE Presentation:
             Coordinating Our Response to Women Who Fear Further
              Retaliation. (Reluctant Women)                      2006-10-12

   •   BILL C-2 Training & Evening Discussion.
             Regional Meeting                                             2006-05-09/10

   •   Police Victim Services Conference - Vancouver                      2006-06-09/10




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                         NELSON CITY POLICE
              NELSON VICTIMS SERVICES STATISTICAL DATA
                        January – November 2006


CRIME TYPE                     NUMBER OF VICTIMS SERVED

Spousal assault                         6
Sexual Assault                          1
Criminal Harassment/Stalking            8
Armed Robbery                           2
Assault with weapon                    13
Aggravated Assault                      1
Common assault                         12
Sudden Death - NOK                     12
Threatening                             3
Family problems                         3
Peace Bonds                             1
B&E                                     3
Suicide                                 1
TOTAL:                                 66
BRIEF CONTACTS                         58



                            NELSON RCMP
              NELSON VICTIM SERVICES STATISTICAL DATA
                        January – November 2006

CRIME TYPE                     NUMBER OF VICTIMS SERVED

Spousal assault                        14
Assault                                 2
Aggravated Assault                      2
Sudden Deaths                           3
Sexual Assaults                         1
Armed Robbery                          10
Historical assaults                     1
Family Problems                         2
M.V.A.                                  3
Assault With Weapon                     2
Assist Other Agencies                    2
TOTAL:                                 42
BRIEF CONTACTS                         64




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