Nelson police officers commended at Cuffs and Claws

Nelson police officers commended at Cuffs and Claws

The Nelson Police Foundation held its inaugural Cuffs and Claws gala on Saturday at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus.

The Nelson Police Foundation held its inaugural Cuffs and Claws gala on Saturday at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation by Chief Wayne Holland (seen above, far right) of commendations to (from left) Deputy Chief Paul Burkart, Sgt. Corey Hoy, Cst. Jarrett Slomba, Sgt. Nate Holt, and bylaw officer Fred Thomson for their involvement in catching an armed robber in April 2014.

Nelson and District Credit Union employee Alan Danks also received a commendation for his role in photographing the robber during the crime and during his escape.

Credit union general manager Doug Stoddart (above, third from right) accepted on Danks’ behalf.

The credit union also made a donation to the foundation, which was set up to raise money for police and community projects that wouldn’t normally come under the regular police budget, including training and crime prevention programs.

Also pictured above: Mayor Deb Kozak and Sgt. Dino Falcone (second from right).

Former mayor John Dooley (below, centre) was further recognized for his service as police board chair.

Swing Theory (below) provided entertainment.

Chief Wayne Holland (below right) presents Deputy Chief Paul Burkart (below left) with a commendation.

Kevin Underwood photos