The Holland Department of Public Safety – Police Services is pleased to announce Officer Joy Nelson as the 2024 Police Officer of the Year. Officer Nelson was selected by the HDPS Command Staff after being nominated by her peers for this prestigious award. Officer Nelson began her career with the HDPS as a police cadet in 1998. She started as a patrol officer in 2001 after obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and completing the GVSU Police Academy.
Over the years Officer Nelson has held a variety of positions including being a Community Police Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, Booking Officer and Field Training Officer. Officer Nelson has a reputation for always having a positive attitude and is willing to help with anything asked of her. She has worked hard creating positive community connections and relationships with students, community members and various partner organizations and is a valued member of the department.
Officer Nelson lives in the Holland area with her husband and two children.