Extra security will be provided on city buses but it’s still not clear what powers will be granted to the new inspectors.
The six new transit inspectors will start in July 2014, but they might not have the power to detain unruly passengers.
Over the past decade, Winnipeg Transit has received several security and budget increases to provide passengers with a more comfortable and safe travelling experience throughout the city.
We’ve seen the adoption of video security that has been able to help fight crime and catch criminals leading to a Winnipeg Police Assault Investigation that called on public Assistance by releasing this video of An Irate Man Beating a Winnipeg Bus Driver
The incident happened on Sept. 14 around 12:30 p.m. when a man got on a bus at William Avenue and Isabel Street.
Police said the man didn’t pay the required fare and demanded a transfer from the 50-year-old driver. The video shows he then began beating the driver, punching him multiple times and kicking him.
“When this type of violence is direct towards [bus drivers] we will take it seriously, and we will do all that we can to identify this fellow and bring him into custody,” Const. Eric Hofley told reporters. “We need to be clear that this type of behavior is unacceptable.”
Each bus in the City of Winnipeg’s 565 Transit Fleet are equipped with GPS tracking software that helps riders understand when their next means of transportation is available, and helps administrators and other involved parties able to track each bus to quickly respond in the case of an emergency situation.
Transit authorities say they have seen an increase in convictions for assaults since they installed the cameras, and bus drivers are trained in assault prevention.
Officials said they are also studying new security methods for drivers.
Perhaps in the next decade we will begin to see aggression proof plexiglass doors integrated into the well equipped buses to prevent any type of additional violence if transit inspectors response times are high.
St. Vital Coun. Brian Mayes said the Winnipeg Police Association is grieving the idea of giving the transit staff powers that it believes should apply to police.
Police cadets are also being considered as an option.