SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, 2010
Jim Chu is a 32 year veteran with the Vancouver Police Department. He leads a team of 1700 sworn and civilian employees in one of the most challenging and diverse cities in Canada to police. He was born in Shanghai, China and is the first Chief in Canada of Asian descent. He has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and consensus building, and has built widespread support in various communities, including business, racial/cultural, gay/lesbian, and from those serving the marginalized. Through various strategies including groundbreaking reports, he has skillfully advocated for social and legislative change on issues such as a lack of capacity in the mental health system, sentencing for chronic offenders, the need for coordination of resources in the Downtown Eastside, and the problem of criminals migrating to Vancouver because of “non-returnable warrants”. He initiated the regional response to the 2009 “Gang War” in Metro Vancouver that resulted in a dramatic reduction in gang violence in Vancouver. During the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the exceptional conduct of the VPD under Chief Chu’s leadership brought widespread local, national and international praise. He was a key architect of the national Police Information Portal system which currently facilitates information sharing across Canada. A strong advocate for the use of information technology in law enforcement, he has published numerous articles as well as a book on information technology and policing, and shared his expertise at conferences in North America, Europe and the Middle East. In 2007 he was invested by the Governor General as an Officer of the Order of Merit for the Police Forces.
Submitted by: John Grant