Jim Chu

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Jim Chu
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Chief Constable of Vancouver
In office
August 14, 2007 – May 6, 2015
Preceded byJamie Graham
Succeeded byAdam Palmer
Personal details
Born1959 (1959) (age 63)
Shanghai, China
Spouse(s)Vicki Chu
Alma materSimon Fraser University, University of British Columbia
OccupationPolice Chief

Jim Chu, COM (simplified Chinese: 朱小荪; traditional Chinese: 朱小蓀; pinyin: Zhū Xiǎosūn) is a former-Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). On June 21, 2007, Chu was named as the successor of Chief Constable Jamie Graham. On January 23, 2015, it was announced Chu was planning to retire after a 36-year career with Vancouver Police [1] and he did officially do so on May 6, 2015, upon the swearing-in of his successor, Adam Palmer. We are pleased to welcome Jim Chu as the BCEHS Board Chair. Jim served as the former chief constable of the Vancouver Police Department and brings extensive experience leading front-line emergency services in B.C. July 14, 2021.


Chu grew up in East Vancouver, the second oldest of four children of immigrants from Shanghai.[2] He graduated from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School, where he played rugby, in 1978.[2] Joining the police department a year after his high-school graduation, he continued his education at the same time, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.[3] His police training includes the FBI Advanced SWAT course[3] and the FBI National Executive Institute.

Chu has served in a number of investigative and support roles. As Sergeant in charge of recruiting, he developed the VPD's applicant guide and the department's first website in 1996. In 1997, he became an Inspector, and since then has supervised a number of transitions in the VPD's electronic communications technology, including the introduction of its current radio system and mobile computing system. In 2001, he was given command of District 4, which roughly corresponds to the Southwest quarter of Vancouver.[3] Chu became a deputy chief in 2003, in charge of the Support Services division, which handles human resources, information technology, planning and communications.[4] It also includes the department's Financial Services Section, and he has earned recognition for his role in dealing with the department's cost overruns.[citation needed] In July 2007, he was placed in charge of the Operations Support division, which oversees criminal intelligence, emergency response and the gang and drug squads.[5]

He is the author of a 2001 book, Law Enforcement Information Technology.[3]

In May 2007, the Governor General of Canada awarded Chu the Order of Merit of Police Forces for service beyond the call of duty.[6] In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Commander of the Order of Merit.[7] In 1999 he received the Super Trustee award from the British Columbia Library Trustees Association.[8] In 2010, he was named one of 25 Transformation Canadians by the Globe and Mail/La Presse,[9] and received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Simon Fraser University.[10] In May 2015, he became the first municipal police senior officer in B.C. to be granted a Commission.[11]

On June 21, 2007, Chu was named as the successor of Chief Constable Jamie Graham, who was set to retire in August. Chu assumed command of the department on August 14, the day after the police fatally shot Paul Boyd (animator) on Granville Street.[12]

Chu served as Chief Constable during the 2010 Winter Olympics and he was Chief Constable of Vancouver as riots erupted in downtown Vancouver at the conclusion of game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

He was elected for a two-year term as President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in 2013 and advocated for a ticketing option for possession of small amount of marijuana[13][14] and better training for police officers to serve the mentally ill.[15][16]

As he wound down his 36-year policing career, with almost eight years as Chief Constable, he was especially proud of the falling crime in the city,[17] improved relations with marginalized people in the Downtown Eastside[18] and with Vancouver's First Nations community,[19] and the VPD's work in advocating for the mentally ill.[20] On May 25, 2015, he became the first municipal police officer in BC to receive the Police Officer Commission – a new provincial honour that recognizes for senior officers of their rank, professionalism and dedication to policing in B.C.[21]

In July 2015, Chu joined the Aquilini Investment Group as a Vice President.[22]

He has also served on the Board of TransLink.[23][24]

In July 2021 Chu was appointed to Board Chair of the BC Emergency Health Services by BC Minister of Health, Adrian Dix.[25]


  1. ^ Vancouver police chief Jim Chu to retire after 36 years of service Sunny Dhillon, The Globe and Mail, January 23, 2015
  2. ^ a b Jim Chu brings nice-guy style to the job by Frances Bula, Vancouver Sun, Friday, June 22, 2007 (Retrieved July 8, 2007)
  3. ^ a b c d Deputy Chief Constable Jim Chu Archived 2007-05-16 at archive.today at City of Vancouver Police Department webpage
  4. ^ "Support Services showing VPD website". Archived from the original on May 17, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Operations Support Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine at VPD website (retrieved July 22, 2007)
  6. ^ Meet Jim Chu – Vancouver's new top cop by Christina Montgomery, The Province, Thursday, June 21, 2007. (retrieved July 4, 2007)
  7. ^ "Order of Merit of the Police Forces Recipients – CACP". www.cacp.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  8. ^ Press Release, June 30, 1999, Richmond Public Library (retrieved August 16, 2007)
  9. ^ "Jim Chu: Vancouver's top cop". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  10. ^ "Jim Chu | SFU Alumni Appreciation Project". SFU Alumni Appreciation Project. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  11. ^ "Chief Jim Chu becomes first commissioned police officer". archive.news.gov.bc.ca. 2015-05-25. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  12. ^ Man shot dead by police by Jeff Hodson, Metro Vancouver August 15, 2007 (retrieved August 16, 2007)
  13. ^ "Ottawa considers softening marijuana laws". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  14. ^ "Canadian police chiefs propose ticket system for pot". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  15. ^ "Plan unveiled for training police on how to deal with mentally ill". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  16. ^ "Police should not be 'front-line on mental health,' chiefs say". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  17. ^ Griffin, Kevin. "Rare praise as Vancouver police chief Jim Chu prepares to move on (with video)". www.vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  18. ^ "Lunch with Chief Jim Chu of VPD in Vancouver DTES". AHA Media. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  19. ^ Howell, Mike. "Chinese, aboriginal leaders honour Jim Chu". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  20. ^ Meiszner, Peter. "Mayor and Police Chief declare "mental health crisis" in Vancouver". Global News. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  21. ^ Chief Jim Chu becomes first commissioned police officer
  22. ^ Bolan, Kim. "Former Vancouver police chief jumps into business world". www.vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  23. ^ "TransLink: Former police chief and city manager appointed to board". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  24. ^ http://www.translink.ca/en/About-Us/Governance-and-Board/Board-of-Directors/Board-Members.aspx. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ "B.C. shakes up ambulance service after heat-wave meltdown". vancouversun. Retrieved 2021-08-29.

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Preceded by Chief Constable of Vancouver
Succeeded by
Adam Palmer