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June 24, 2013

Nelson named Somerset Police chief


Somerset —

Nelson currently leads SPD in the all-time highest number of training hours for an officer, with 3,012 hours logged. 
“Working for the Somerset Police Department has allowed me an excellent opportunity to grow professionally and receive specialized training that helped mold my career,” Neklson stated in the press release. 
Nelson was the first SPD officer to be certified by the nationally-recognized University of Indianapolis self defense program in 1991 and the first to receive training and certification as a police sniper that same year. He helped develop the Field Training Officer program in 1995 that continues to be used today. Nelson is also certified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council as an instructor in Patrol Procedures and Special Weapons and Tactics. Nelson holds several certifications from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council’s Career Development Program, including Intermediate Officer, Advanced Officer, Investigator, Supervisor, Manager, Executive, and Chief Executive.
Since Nelson took on duties as acting police chief, SPD began the Motorcycle Unit, developed the Aviation Unit with funding assistance for training and equipment from the US Department of Justice, added a Bicycle Patrol Unit, and developed an Honor Guard Unit. SPD also began the Active Shooter Program and High Risk Warrant Team, and introduced the Crisis Intervention Training team.  
“I’m especially thankful of the programs we started with funding assistance from outside organizations that eliminated or significantly reduced the local money needed to make a program happen like the
Motorcycle and Aviation Units, and the two military surplus Humvees added this year,” Nelson stated in the release. 
“I am proud of the hard work that the men and women of our department have accomplished while I served as their (acting police chief),” said Nelson. “Together, we were able to add some new equipment and start programs that have made a difference in the safety of our community.”

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