Permanent security to roll out at 25 Edmonton transit stations starting Monday as part of new safety plan

Transit users can expect to see a beefed-up security presence at stations throughout the city in the coming weeks in response to two assaults on Edmonton transit in September.

The new safety plan will see 24-7 patrols starting Monday by rotating security guards at 25 transit centres and stations that have had at least one major incident reported within the last five years, the city said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

A third-party contractor will roll out the increased security over two weeks with security guards assigned to a particular facility for the majority of their shift, but transitioning to another location when stations close at night.

Security guards will wear bright jackets or vests and work closely with transit peace officers and police, the release said. Before being deployed, the guards will receive orientation, training and operational knowledge about the city’s transit system.

“We’re committed to keeping our transit system safe and accelerating security initiatives to make it safer,” transit branch manager Eddie Robar said in the news release. “Having on-site security guards is one of the best ways to deter crime and disorder.”

Permanent security is part of a $20-million transit safety plan approved by city council in October which also includes the installation of bus shields for driver protection.

This year, Edmonton has seen one police investigation for every 282,000 trips.

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