Calgary police respond to more than 1,600 calls for transit enforcement

By Lauryn Heintz

Calgary police have responded to more than 1,600 calls for service on public transit since introducing proactive enforcement just over two weeks ago.

There were 70 weapons-related calls in that time period, affecting 55 arrest warrants and resulting in 391 Criminal Code charges, according to police.

In a social media thread Wednesday, police indicated 70 per cent of the calls for service stemmed from officer-viewed situations.

Charges laid since earlier this month have most commonly involved breach of probation order, failure to comply with release orders or undertaking, unauthorized possession of an identity document and possession of drugs.

The decision to introduce additional officers to CTrain stations was made follow several incidents challenging the safety of residents.

A plan announced by the city earlier this month said the number of contracted security guards at stations will reach 24 by the end of the month.

Read more: Calgary Transit action plan to address safety | CityNews Calgary

In addition, have been more overnight patrols, and police officers have been paired with community peace officers seven nights a week — an increase from four.

Peace officers have been redeployed to transit areas of “high concern” along the downtown CTrain track.

The city says peace officers will be sent to observe “suspicious behaviour or gatherings” to have a uniformed presence and to deescalate any notions of violence.

-With files from Alejandro Melgar 

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