Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu has announced he is retiring.
Chu revealed the surprising news Friday morning in a tweet from his own account, followed by a tweet from the VPD account.
Announcing my retirement after 36 yrs as @VancouverPD officer and 7.5 yrs as Chief. Thanks to community supporters, partners & VPD staff.
— Jim Chu (@ChiefJimChu) January 23, 2015
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) January 23, 2015
Mayor Gregor Robertson is expected to join in the press conference at 11:30 a.m. to discuss Chu’s legacy with the force and in his role as Chief.
Chu, who was raised in East Vancouver, joined the VPD in 1979, one year out of high school, and simultaneously continued his higher education, going on to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Named as successor to Chief Constable Jamie Graham in June of 2007, Chu stepped into the role during a challenging time for the force, immediately following the fatal shooting of animator Paul Boyd on Granville Street in August of that year.
Four years later, the VPD once again faced turbulence under Chu’s command when, in June 2011, the city broke out in riots in downtown after game seven of the Stanley Cup final.
Featured image: Jim Chu in 2012 (Vancouver Police Department/Flickr)