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Grad helps Stanley Cup riot review

October 05, 2011
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Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.3210/9017; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca

Jude Chow
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A summer practicum with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) reaped an unexpected bonus when Simon Fraser University criminology undergrad Jude Chow was seconded to participate in the formal review of the Stanley Cup riot.

“It was really an honour,” says Chow, who worked closely with the deputy police chief, the section director and other high-ranking officers as they reviewed police officers’ comments, analyzed surveys and wrote their findings.

“I conducted literature reviews on the effects of alcohol and human behaviour, social media and rioting, and also assisted in producing the debrief questionnaire in the review,” he says.

And he proudly admits VPD advisors said he had far exceeded what they expected of a practicum student. “I was critical of methodology and not afraid to make myself heard if I had an opinion,” he says. “So I guess I was active in shaping how the report would evolve.”

Chow will graduate on  Oct. 6 (9:45 a.m. ceremony) with a Bachelor of Arts degree (first class with distinction). He is now attending law school at the University of Hong Kong - a departure from his original plan to become a commercial pilot but a passion all the same.

Chow immigrated to Canada at age seven but sees his future in Hong Kong. “There are a lot of opportunities there and I think I should embrace them,” he says. “But I’ll miss the people; it’s definitely more laid-back here.”

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