Retired VPD chief Jim Chu honoured, chief Adam Palmer sworn in

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Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu, who left office after service 36 years with the department, has received a provincial honour.

The provincial commission recognized Chu for his distinguished service on the same day his successor, Adam Palmer, was officially sworn into office.

Last week, aboriginal and Chinese community leaders joined together at the Friendship Centre on East Hastings to celebrate Chu’s seven-and-a-half years serving as chief constable.

Chu joined the VPD a year after his high school graduation, though managed to continue school on the side, earning a Bachelor and Master degree from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

In an interview with the Vancouver Sun, Chu recounted some of his experiences alongside the VPD — from the 2011 Stanley Cup riots to the drop of violent crimes in Vancouver.

With his retirement, Chu hinted he might join the world of politics, just as ex-Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair did in April after he left the force.

Command was signed over to Palmer as Vancouver’s new VPD chief on May 25. Palmer has 28 years of experience, five of them as deputy chief.

He spent his first 13 years as a patrol officer in East Vancouver. He was the officer in charge of Patrol District Two, which includes the Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona, Grandview-Woodlands, and Hastings-Sunrise.

He had previously stated he has no plans to make major changes to the force.

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