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The Societe de transport de Montreal (STM) is launching a regional outreach strategy intended to help transit inspectors build a rapport with public transit users and their communities, according to a news release.
"Our new outreach strategy will promote harmonious co-existence among all bus and metro transit users, as well as a safe and pleasant climate. The first special constables will take up their duties immediately, following the various successful steps we have taken in collaboration with our committee to help improve relations between inspectors and the community (CRIC), including a specific training," said Luc Tremblay, chief executive officer of STM.
A new special constable designation for security personnel will mean that transit inspectors are recognized as public transit safety professionals, as is the case with other Canadian transit agencies, officials said.
The change in designation will also add an element of accountability. STM inspectors will now be subject to the Police Act and, consequently, the authority of the police ethics commissioner.