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 by Jamie Graham
Succeeded by Adam Palmer
Personal details
Born 1959 (1959) (age 56)
Shanghai, China
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Vicki Chu
Children 4
Alma mater Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia
Occupation Police Chief

Jim Chu, O.O.M. (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, Jim Chu was named as the successor of Chief Constable Jamie Graham, who retired in August. Chu is the first non-white chief constable in Vancouver. Chief Chu's contract with the Vancouver Police Board is expected to run until August 2017.[1] On January 23, 2015 it was announced that Chief Chu would take retirement "in the spring" after a 36-year career with Vancouver Police.[2] Chu officially retired on May 6, 2015, upon the swearing-in of his successor, Adam Palmer.


Chu grew up in East Vancouver, the oldest son of four children of immigrants from Shanghai.[3] He graduated from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School, where he played rugby, in 1978.[3] Joining the police department a year after his high-school graduation, he continued his education at the same time, going on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.[4] His police training includes the FBI Advanced SWAT course.[4]

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, Chu was given command of District 4, which roughly corresponds to the Southwest quarter of Vancouver.[4] Chu became a deputy chief in 2003, and was put in charge of the Support Services division, which handles human resources, information technology, planning and communications.[5] It also includes the department's Financial Services Section, and Chu has earned recognition for his role in dealing with the department's cost overruns. In July 2007, Chu was placed in charge of the Operations Support division, which oversees criminal intelligence, emergency response and the gang and drug squads.[6]

He is the author of a 2001 book, Law Enforcement Information Technology.[4]

In May 2007, the Governor General awarded Chu the Order of Merit of Police Forces, for service beyond the call of duty.[7] In 1999 he received the Super Trustee award from the British Columbia Library Trustees Association.[8]

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 police fatally shot Paul Boyd (animator) on Granville Street.[9]

On June 15, 2011, Chu was the Chief Constable of Vancouver as riots erupted in downtown Vancouver at the conclusion of game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup final. Chu admitted that his department had not anticipated the events and was sorry that his department had not been able to respond earlier.


  1. ^ Chief Constable Jim Chu’s Employment Contract Extended
  2. ^ Vancouver police chief Jim Chu to retire after 36 years of service Sunny Dhillon, The Globe and Mail, January 23, 2015
  3. ^ a b Jim Chu brings nice-guy style to the job by Frances Bula, Vancouver Sun, Friday, June 22, 2007 (Retrieved July 8, 2007)
  4. ^ a b c d Deputy Chief Constable Jim Chu at City of Vancouver Police Department webpage
  5. ^ Support Services showing VPD website at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2006)
  6. ^ Operations Support at VPD website (retrieved July 22, 2007)
  7. ^ Meet Jim Chu - Vancouver's new top cop by Christina Montgomery, The Province, Thursday, June 21, 2007. (retrieved July 4, 2007)
  8. ^ Press Release, June 30, 1999, Richmond Public Library (retrieved August 16, 2007)
  9. ^ Man shot dead by police by Jeff Hodson, Metro Vancouver August 15, 2007 (retrieved August 16, 2007)

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Jamie Graham
Chief Constable of Vancouver
Succeeded by
Adam Palmer