Former VPD chief Jim Chu
Former Vancouver police chief Jim Chu said he will “vigorously defend” himself in a disciplinary hearing ordered by the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner over a letter Chu wrote recommending a discredited police officer be fired. In an interim report by retired judge Ian Pitfield, working for the commissioner, who said there appears to be enough evidence to support an allegation of misconduct against Chu because material in the letter was wrong or inaccurate. The complaint was filed by the parents of Const. Christopher Charters, who Chu had wanted fired over what he said was a long pattern of poor decision-making and work performance, including an unauthorized car chase and subsequent false statements made to investigators. Chu filed a letter in 2014 with the adjudicator, William Smart, another retired judge, that roundly criticized Charters’ performance and said he should not be a police officer. Smart found Charters guilty of two counts of deceit and neglect of duty, but disagreed that he should be fired. Instead, he suspended Charters for 40 days. Charters has since left the police force.