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Retired Nelson Chief receives Order of Merit of the Police Forces honour

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
December 18th, 2016

Former Nelson Police Chief Wayne Holland was recently honoured with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces during a ceremony in Edmonton the Nelson Police Board announced in a media release.

Holland, who was Chief Constable for Nelson Police Department for five years ending in January 2016, was presented his medal by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada during the ceremony at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services, and recognizes their commitment to this country. 

The now-retired Chief Constable spent more than 34 years with both the Nelson and Vancouver Police Services.

The father of two was recognized for his time as leader of the Nelson Police Department, but also for his extraordinary work as the officer in charge of the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT).

During Holland’s tenure with IMPACT, the team was awarded six international awards and he was invited twice to attend the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights with regard to the establishment of vehicle crime legislation to combat and interdict in that criminal enterprise.

Chief Constable Holland retired from the Nelson Police Department in January 2016. 

During the ceremony, more than 70 other remarkable Canadians were also being recognized for their “excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service.”   

Other awards presented included the Meritorious Service Decoration, the Decoration for Bravery, the Polar Medal and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Holland and his wife Eileen now reside on the Lower Mainland.


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