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New top cop for Nelson

A big day for a Nelson police officer.

Paul Burkart has been sworn in as the department’s 21st Chief Constable.

He spoke after a formal ceremony at Nelson’s court house Friday afternoon.

When he joined the NPD 16 years ago as a beat officer there was no expectation of promotion , let alone one day becoming the top cop.

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Burkart says the NPD may be small compared to those in big cities but the job is no less important and there is a small management team that juggles lots of responsibilities.  He succeeds Wayne Holland who has retired.

*Picture – New Chief Constable Paul Burkart stands behind outgoing Chief Constable Wayne Holland as Sgt Dino Falcone conducts formalities. ( credit- Joy Barrett )

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