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NPD not at safe or appropriate officer levels:Chief

Nelson’s Police Chief says his department can not wait any longer for a return to its appropriate staffing levels.

As council deliberates budget Wayne Holland says unlike a piece of city equipment that can be put off until funds come along – the police department doesn’t work that way.He says it is currently not at safe officer numbers.

Holland admits the two extra officers he needs will cost a lot of money – around $176,000 alone in the first year – but the city has saved by under-funding his department for twenty years.

He adds these extra bodies are needed even if nelson did not have the mental health policing pressures it also faces.

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