Vancouver has a new Police Chief. The Vancouver Police Board announced today that VPD Deputy Chief Adam Palmer would be taking on the role of Chief Constable.
Palmer is a 28-year veteran of the VPD. Born and raised in Vancouver, Palmer studied business administration at Simon Fraser University and worked as a correctional officer before joining the VPD.
For his first 13 years on the force, Palmer worked as a patrol officer in East Vancouver, and has additionally worked in the Jail, the Crowd Control Unit, the Gang Crime Unit, the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia, Police/Crown Liaison and the Planning, Research and Audit Section, according to the VPD.
While a sargeant, was extensively involved in the development of the VPD’s Strategic Plan and managed a long-term review of policing operations at the VPD. As an inspector, Palmer he was the officer in charge of Patrol District 2 which includes the Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona, Grandview-Woodlands and Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhoods, and oversaw the security for the figure skating and short track speed skating events at the Pacific Coliseum during the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2010.
Palmer was selected as Chief Constable following a series of interviews, and was one of two final internal candidates on the short list to replace exiting Chief Constable Jim Chu.
“[T]he Police Board decided unanimously that Adam was the right person to lead the VPD,” said the Chair of the Vancouver Police Board Mayor Gregor Robertson.
The unanimous support for Palmer came when Deputy Chief Constable Doug LePard decided to withdraw and support the selection of his colleague Adam Palmer, for which the Board expressed gratitude.
“I am very pleased that we were able to choose a new chief internally and grateful to the eight members of the police board for their careful deliberations. I will work with the new chief with the goal of making the transition as smooth and soon as possible,” said Chu.
The date when Palmer will assume the role will be revealed soon, says the VPD.