Chief, deputy to re­tire

Re­cruit­ment process to start ‘right away’


Chief Ge­off Nel­son well re­mem­bers how it felt to walk through the doors of the Brant­ford po­lice sta­tion for the first time.

“It was in Jan­uary 1990 and the po­lice sta­tion was down on Green­wich Street and I walked through those doors feel­ing like I had won the lot­tery,” Nel­son re­called Fri­day af­ter he an­nounced that he will be re­tir­ing July 27.

“I had been se­lected to be­come a mem­ber of the Brant­ford po­lice ser­vice.

“I was proud to join the ser­vice then and I’ve been proud to wear the uni­form ev­ery day since.”

Af­ter 30 years in polic­ing, in­clud­ing the last five as chief, Nel­son, who will be 52 when his re­tire­ment takes ef­fect, said it’s time to move on to the next chap­ter of his life.

“I don’t have any im­me­di­ate

Thirty years is a long ca­reer in any line of ser­vice, mostly po­lice ser­vices, so I un­der­stand the chief ’s de­ci­sion.” Brant­ford Mayor Kevin Davis

plans other than to spend more time with fam­ily and friends and trav­el­ling with my wife (Heidi),” he said.

“I’m ex­tremely proud of our ser­vice and the men and women who work so hard ev­ery day to up­hold its hon­our and I’m con­fi­dent that it will con­tinue to grow suc­cess­fully through their on­go­ing lead­er­ship.”

He said he is grate­ful for “all the tal­ented peo­ple” he has met and worked with over the years,

“And that’s what I will miss the most when I leave.”

The chief’s an­nounce­ment co­in­cides with news that Deputy Chief Rob Din­ner will re­tire Aug. 31. Din­ner also joined the po­lice ser­vice in 1990.

Vin­cent Bucci, chair of the Brant­ford po­lice ser­vices board, thanked Nel­son and Din­ner for their con­tri­bu­tions.

“The com­mu­nity has been wellserved by their lead­er­ship and dili­gence,” said Bucci, a lawyer with Le­feb­vre and Le­feb­vre.

“Mean­while, it’s busi­ness as usual and we’ll be­gin the re­cruit­ment process for a new chief and deputy chief right away.”

Bucci said he is con­fi­dent the po­lice serive will be able to con­tinue to grow.

“While I have only been work­ing with Chief Nel­son since De­cem­ber, that was long enough for me to know he is an ex­tremely ca­pa­ble and com­pe­tent leader who has made and will con­tinue to make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on this com­mu­nity,”

Nel­son said he still has a lot of work to do in the next six months.

He said he will fo­cus on mak­ing sure the po­lice ser­vice is well-po­si­tioned for a smooth tran­si­tion.

“Thirty years is a long ca­reer in any line of ser­vice, mostly po­lice ser­vices, so I un­der­stand the chief ’s de­ci­sion,” said Brant­ford Mayor Kevin Davis.

He also thanked Din­ner for his con­tri­bu­tions to keep­ing the com­mu­nity over the past 30 years.

Din­ner be­gan his ca­reer in the pa­trol sec­tion and was later as­signed to roles in the auto theft unit of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion branch, as casino li­ai­son of­fi­cer, pa­trol sergeant and as a pla­toon com­man­der, where he served as a staff sergeant. As well, he was a long-serv­ing mem­ber of the emer­gency re­sponse team, in­clud­ing lead­ing team for six years.

He was pro­moted to in­spec­tor in 2011 and be­came deputy chief in 2014.

“It has been my great hon­our to serve the peo­ple of this com­mu­nity along­side Chief Nel­son,” Din­ner said. “It feels fit­ting for me to also re­tire at this time.

“I’ve proudly worn the uni­form of the Brant­ford po­lice ser­vice since 1990 and I re­tire hav­ing ev­ery con­fi­dence the cit­i­zens of Brant­ford will con­tinue to be well served by the highly pro­fes­sional and ded­i­cated mem­bers of the ser­vice.”

Din­ner also thanked the mem­bers of the ser­vice, both past and present, who have sup­ported him through­out his ca­reer.

Nel­son joined the ser­vice as a pa­trol of­fi­cer and was pro­moted to sergeant in the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion sec­tion in 2003 and, two years later, was pro­moted to staff sergeant.

In 2006, he was pro­moted to in­spec­tor and, in 2011, he be­came deputy chief.

Nel­son be­came po­lice chief in 2014.

A mem­ber of the On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice, Nel­son has been in­volved with nu­mer­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions over the years, in­clud­ing Spe­cial Olympics and the Lansdowne Chil­dren’s Cen­tre. He was pre­sented with the Or­der of Merit of the Po­lice Forces in 2017 in recog­ni­tion of ex­cep­tional ser­vice and per­for­mance of duty.



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