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  NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

2005PSSG0049-001133

Dec. 5, 2005

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

 

NEW TRANSIT POLICE ON THE JOB

 


VANCOUVER – Public safety along Vancouver’s transit system and the entire SkyTrain corridor has been significantly enhanced as Canada’s first transit police service reports for duty, Solicitor General John Les announced today.

 

“The new transit police will help ensure the safety and security of SkyTrain riders and residents in the surrounding communities,” Les said. “The new unit has full police powers, and officers are authorized to carry firearms. Like other municipal and RCMP forces, the officers have received specialized training and will follow the same rules and regulations when it comes to the use of force.”

 

The Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Police Service’s 70 officers have full authority to enforce drug laws, execute outstanding warrants and arrest individuals who commit crimes outside a SkyTrain station. In addition, the transit police will continue to issue violation tickets for transit infractions, including $173 tickets for fare evasion.

 

“Our officers have an average of 18 years’ prior policing experience, which will make the new unit a potent addition to our region’s crime prevention and enforcement capabilities,” said Robert Kind, chief officer of the new unit.

 

Initially, the transit police will focus their attention on SkyTrain stations and adjacent communities. However, the officers are authorized to patrol the entire transit system, and will also be stationed at major bus, SeaBus and West Coast Express depots as needed.

 

 “The public asked us to beef up the police presence along Vancouver’s transit line. We’ve done that, and made sure the new police unit has the tools and authority it needs to get the job done,” said Lorne Zapotichny, chair of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Police Board.

 

The new unit is responsible to a board of representatives with members from municipal police agencies, RCMP and TransLink. The board sets standards, guidelines and administration policies consistent with the provincial Police Act.

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