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Saskatoon is looking into allegations of violence on city buses

Saskatoon police are looking into claims of violence on city buses.

Key Takeaways:

  • Research on the level of violence existing in the city’s public transit system has been requested by the Saskatoon City Council.
  • According to Kirton, bus drivers and passengers have frequently received violent threats.
  • According to Kirton, the internal monitor was undertaking an inquiry and would eventually compile a report for the council.

The Saskatoon City Council has requested a study on the level of violence present in the city’s public transportation system.

After Ward 3 Councilman David Kirton moved to place safety officers on buses, the request was made.

Kirton stated, “I want to ensure we have a safe service as well. “I’m concerned about the riders and operators,” the speaker said.

According to Kirton, there have been complaints of violence both against bus drivers and passengers.

We’ve had passengers recently stabbed in the downtown terminal and operators who were seized with a screwdriver to the ribs. Attacks with mace occur on buses and in the downtown terminal. I received a report from another operator stating that a bus radio operator had been essentially assaulted with it.

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Some angry passengers smash buses, according to the statement.

He claimed that some reports suggest that firearms, possibly a pellet gun, had been used to break and damage windows on buses.

The bus drivers and passengers have received threats of violence on numerous occasions, according to Kirton.

“I want to ensure that our public transportation system is dependable, safe, and clean.”

Robert Clipperton, a spokesperson for Bus Riders of Saskatoon, told CTV News that the organization has previously supported transit police.

Saskatoon police are looking into claims of violence on city buses.
Saskatoon police are looking into claims of violence on city buses. Image from Global News

According to Clipperton, “what we thought was you had two or maybe four officers to the whole city.” The police are frequently stationed outside in some of the larger urban areas with some form of rapid transit. Officers that conduct sporadic fare checks as opposed to someone who constantly collects fares. And we believe a model of that nature may be quite successful.

Although Kirton’s motion was not approved, the council has requested a report on the level of violence on buses.

According to Kirton, the internal monitor was conducting an investigation and would eventually put together a report for the council.

“This motion asks the administration for data on the level of violence. Instead of me trying to explain what is happening on our buses through anecdotes, please provide us with real numbers on that.

Source: CTV News

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