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Transit asking for more constables

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Transit Tom says spending half-a-million dollars per year for six special constables will make riding buses safer.

A report, going to next week’s civic infrastructure renewal and public works committee, is asking councillors to approve a new transit bylaw and hire six constables for $233,800 for half the year in 2014. It will cost more than $531,000 annually in 2015 and future years.

The city says the constables would be able to enforce the new bylaw, which includes regulations for vandalism, panhandling, fare evasion, and loitering.

The report says transit’s current three-member foot patrol platoon has been effective at reducing assaults, fare evasions and other problems, but more people are needed to "have a more significant impact on safety and enforcement given the size and scope of the city and its transit system".

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