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Statement from the Vancouver Police Board for VPD Chief Constable Adam Palmer as the first Canadian
recipient of the 2021 Major Cities Chiefs Association Leadership Award

October 8, 2021
Faye Wightman, Vice-Chair and Board Spokesperson:

The Board would like to take this opportunity to offer congratulations to VPD Chief Constable Adam Palmer on being honoured with the Major Cities Chiefs Association 2021 Leadership Award. The MCCA represents approximately 80 of the largest cities in the United States and Canada, and Chief Palmer is the first Canadian Police Chief to receive this prestigious award.

This annual award is bestowed on either current or former MCCA police chief members who have shown exceptional leadership and contributions to the profession.

One of the many reasons that led to Chief Palmer is being recognized by the MCCA is for his leadership in addressing important public safety issues, including:

  • The proliferation of cybercrime;
  • Gun control/violence;
  • Responding to the opioid crisis;
  • Legalization of marijuana; and,
  • Making revisions to the Criminal Code of Canada to modernize the criminal justice system.

In Vancouver, Chief Palmer is a strong supporter of mentorship and goes above and beyond in helping to develop the next generation of police leaders.

Chief Palmer was nominated by his international peers for his commitment to public service through implementing modernized and innovative policy change and policing practices, internationally instilling knowledge and sharing information, supporting safe consumption sites and the decriminalization of small amounts of personal possession of illicit drugs, and for seeking viable evidence-based solutions to mitigate crime. Chief Palmer has a strong reputation as a progressive, supportive and compassionate leader.

We are proud of his dedication to serving the people of Vancouver and are thrilled that he is being acknowledged by his peers with this award.

Congratulations on this exceptional international honour, Chief!

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