The role of the Reserve Officer is that of a trained volunteer under the direct supervision of a regular police officer. The Nelson Police currently have an active compliment of seven Reserve Officers. The dedicated members of the Nelson Reserve Unit undergo over one hundred and twenty hours of training, much the same as regular police officers in their initial instruction phase at a police academy. Each of the reserves volunteer over one hundred hours per year to activities which include:
Patrol duties with regular members
Traffic control for parades, functions and special events, including By-law enforcement and security functions
Park Patrol on bicycles, on foot, or in the Community Policing vehicle
Prisoner Guarding and security at crime scenes
Bicycle Safety Programs, including bike rodeos and school safety lectures
Assist and instruct at the annual Nelson Emergency Services Camp
For information on the Nelson Reserve Program contact NPD at 250-354-3919.