On Thursday March 7, at 5 p.m., the Nelson Police Foundation will be holding a Burger and Beverage event at Finley’s Pub.
The Foundation ‘s principal goal is to raise money for training/equipment/projects for police that are not covered under the annual police operational budget. A couple of past projects that have received funding from the Foundation include: the speed reader signs up in some of our school zones, the vintage police car project undertaken by our police officers and LVR automotive students, and Emergency Services camp held every second year at LVR for local high school students.
Already in 2019, the Foundation helped fund advanced training for NPD’s Restorative Justice volunteers, and provided funding for two Nelson Police officers to attend advanced tactical emergency care training with our local emergency response physician, Dr. Nic Sparrow.
This year the Foundation would like to focus on First Responders’ Mental Health. Last year in Canada, 68 first responders committed suicide across Canada. Over the last three years alone in BC, there have been nearly 60 suicides among first responders. More than 40% of first responders have showed signs of a mental health disorder, which compares to 10% in our general population.
The Foundation is raising money to help address first responder mental health in our community. Although the Foundation’s first focus is police staff, they believe that this issue must be addressed in all of our First Responders and will be looking to help fund and promote a program/training, etc., for all first responders, including local police, firefighters, emergency health services, search and rescue, and sheriffs.
Tickets are $15 with half proceeds going to the Foundation. Tickets can be purchased from a Foundation Director, at NPD, at Finley’s or by calling 250-505-5653.
Photo Caption: Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart and Police Foundation Chair Tanya Finley invite the public to attend the Nelson Police Foundation Burger and Beverage event at Finley’s Pub. All proceeds go toward training/equipment/projects for police that are not covered under the annual police operational budget. — Submitted photo