Superintendent Howard ChowSuperintendent Howard Chow was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and moved to BC to attend Simon Fraser University where he completed a bachelor of arts degree in criminology.

He began his career with the VPD in 1989, and has completed a number of operational assignments at various ranks in Districts 1, 3, and 4.

Superintendent Chow served on the Crowd Control Unit for 12 years in the early 90s, and recently returned as a Public Order Commander in 2013, where he has been the incident commander for a number of high-profile, protracted public order events. He attended a highly regarded training center in the UK and completed a Silver-Bronze Commander’s Course. In 2016, he completed the Gold Commander’s Course.

Superintendent Chow spent almost nine years as a police dog handler, where he worked and trained two police dogs (Samson and Jackal) -- together they were responsible for the arrest and capture of hundreds of criminals.

In 2004, he became the VPD media spokesperson, and for the next four years addressed reporters at daily press conferences on issues related to the VPD.

Superintendent Chow was one of two sergeants in charge of our Recruiting Unit tasked with hiring over 200 members leading up to the 2010 Olympics. He brought about a number of progressive and creative initiatives that helped revolutionize the conventional policing methods of attracting quality applicants. During his tenure, VPD became the first major police department in Canada to optimize Facebook and YouTube as recruiting tools.

In 2011, Superintendent Chow was assigned to the Integrated Riot Investigation Team that pursued charges against rioters who participated in the Vancouver hockey riot. He had an integral role in supporting the successful investigative strategies, by leveraging his communication knowledge and connections with the media. In 2012, he was assigned as a staff sergeant in the Traffic Section.

In 2014, Superintendent Chow was the Inspector in charge of District 2 and oversaw 200 police officers assigned to NE Vancouver, including the Beat Enforcement Team in the Downtown Eastside and the Marine Unit. Prior to this, he was the inspector in charge of Facilities, overseeing the security and management of 11 police buildings.

In 2016, Superintendent Chow was promoted to Superintendent, Personnel Services in charge of the Human Resources Section, the Professional Standards Section, and the Training and Recruiting Section. He is the current Chair of the Vancouver Police Community Fund.

In 2017, Superintendent Chow completed a master of arts in criminal justice from the University of the Fraser Valley. He is the recipient of six VPD commendations and was honoured with the 125th Canadian Confederation of Canada medal in 1992.

Superintendent Chow has been married to his wife, Angie, for over 20 years.


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