Police chief Wayne Holland and deputy chief Paul Burkart are seen last fall making a pitch to city council for more funding and more officers. The police department has grown from two officers in 1897 to 17 today

Police chief Wayne Holland and deputy chief Paul Burkart are seen last fall making a pitch to city council for more funding and more officers. The police department has grown from two officers in 1897 to 17 today

LETTER: Police chief should explain

Reader thinks police chief should not question council's integrity.

Re: Police board refuses to accept city budget

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.

Abram Davis

Nelson