In response to the July 21, 2020 presentation by West Kootenay People for Racial Justice, the Nelson Police Board issued the following statement:
As a Board, we collectively believe in the inherent dignity of every person and are committed to our mission in providing independent civilian oversight, governance and strategic leadership to the NPD in order to reflect the needs, values, and diversity of our communities.
Should the Province of BC choose to initiate a province-wide review of policing in BC, the Nelson Police Board and the NPD will fully co-operate and assist in every way.
As a Board, we acknowledge that systemic racism is wide spread in our society, including the justice system. We are dedicated to continuing to build an organization that not only reflects the community it serves but is an integral part of the community. We hear the concerns of our community and acknowledge discrimination that too many members of our society have faced for too long. These patterns must be broken and there is more work to be done as a society towards implementing positive change.