Nelson appointed to board of directors

Chief Mark Nelson, Grand Forks Police Department
Chief Mark Nelson

The Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) has appointed Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) Chief Mark Nelson to the CVIC board of directors.

Nelson will fill a term vacated by University of North Dakota Police Chief Eric Plummer, who recently accepted a new position out of state.

“Law enforcement representation is mission-critical to our success,” said Board Chair Pete Hoistad. “Chief Nelson will provide continuity and perspective that ensures we’re aligning our strategic priorities with community needs and maintaining important partnerships so important to reach people experiencing violence.” 

During his 33-year tenure with the GFPD, he has been part of CVIC’s growth from a small domestic violence agency to a nationally recognized program, leading regional efforts to enhance agency collaborations with law enforcement. “Through a lot of conversation and CVIC’s willingness to learn more about our (police) work, we’ve been able to really make some measurable changes,” he said. 

With a bold mission to end violence in two generations, CVIC delivers vital safety and healing services to adults and children experiencing trauma and educates youth and professionals about how to prevent violence and develop healthy relationships. CVIC provides services to nearly 3,000 children and adults annually. Its prevention efforts reach more than 15,000 youth and adults throughout the region every year.