Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Calgary Transit adds 19 new Peace Officers

Additional security on Calgary Transit is en route after 19 new Peace Officers were welcomed to the team.

Calgary Transit celebrated the largest graduating class in the 30-year history of the program during a ceremony on June 13 at Fort Calgary. The 19 new officers bring the total number of Calgary Transit Peace Officers to 97.

Brian Whitelaw, Co-ordinator of Public Safety and Enforcement, said the recruits were put through a rigorous 10-week training period.

“In 10 weeks, they learned critical officer safety skills, how to communicate effectively in crisis and in conflict, how to enforce the law, and more importantly, how to exercise their discretion,” said Whitelaw during the ceremony.

“Most importantly, they’ve learned what it means to be a Calgary Transit employee and how to connect with our customers and all employees within the Transit family.”

An annual Calgary Transit survey regarding safety, security and cleanliness consistently shows customers value the presence of Peace Officers. Calgary Transit is committed to the Peace Officer program as the system continues to grow.

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