The Nelson Police Department was granted armorial bearings on June 15, 2007 by the Chief Herald of Canada, as approved by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Coat of Arms, typically referred to as the “Badge” is set to an outer design that is throughout Canada:
The Maple Leaf surround is representative of Canada;
The Royal Crown is the gift granted by Her Majesty;
The inner portion of the Badge is the Shield from the City’s Coat of Arms.
The Nelson Police Department Badge is decorated with:
The inscription Pergite Usque, the Latin translation of the City’s motto, Forge Ahead;
British Columbia’s Provincial flower, the Dogwood;
The Shield for the City of Nelson’s Coat of Arms;
The green pyramidal forms represent the Selkirk Mountains surrounding Nelson;
The ancient gold crown denotes Nelson being known as the “Queen City of the Kootenays”, and pays homage to her Majesty;
The waves represent the Kootenay River and;
The fish depicted is our native Kokanee salmon.
The Nelson Police Department pledges to treat all people equally and with respect, uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, serve and protect the community, and to preserve the quality of life in our community.