I would likely support increasing Nelson’s Police Department budget, especially if the force is doing extra work with the mentally ill, as suggested by councillor Michael Dailly. However I was dismayed at Chief Wayne Holland’s decision to use his protected position as city staff to make inflammatory statements that might be construed as questioning the moral integrity of council.
If the BC Police Act encourages non-elected officials to express political opinions, then the constitutionality of the act needs to be challenged in court.
I’m sure Chief Holland wants to both build the best possible force as well as create a climate of trust between himself, council and the public. Therefore I hope he will either clarify his position and/or apologize for his statements.