March 1, 2023
Nelson, BC - On Feb 9th, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), on behalf of the Office of the Public Complaints Commissioner (OPCC), completed their investigation into the 'WhatsApp' chat group matter relating to the alleged posting of inappropriate messages and memes by some members of the Nelson Police Department (NPD) between 2018 - 2020. The VPD has provided the Final Investigative Report to the Discipline Authority to review and render a decision.
Both current and retired Nelson Police Department members facing allegations of Discreditable Conduct have had these allegations substantiated. One of these officers also had a Neglect of Duty allegation substantiated. Two current serving members have been cleared of any wrongdoing. The officers for whom allegations have been found to be substantiated now have the opportunity to prepare submissions regarding facts they believe mitigate the proposed discipline. The submissions can then be presented to the Discipline Authority at a Discipline Proceeding, which will take place in the coming weeks. The Discipline Authority will consider these submissions in deciding the final discipline to be imposed.
The Nelson Police Department and the Nelson Police Board have been working hard over the years to build bridges with our diverse community members, providing progressive training to officers and focusing on hiring new officers to improve the department's culture. We want to thank the public for their understanding as this process unfolds. These findings should not deflect or paint a negative picture of our forces as a whole, as we have an incredible team, passionate about their work and our community.
"Our force has been through a lot already this year, and although these findings are troublesome, we are determined to learn from this and grow as an organization," said Chief Donovan Fisher.
It is important to note our officers have not yet had the opportunity to respond, and we ask for patience and understanding until the final disciplinary review is complete. As the process is still underway, no further comment will be provided at this time. Further media updates will be provided at the conclusion of the Discipline Proceedings.
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