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TTC lacking constables on staff: GM

Toronto has proportionately fewer than half the transit cops of Montreal or Vancouver, but the head of the TTC wants to reassure the public that the system here is safe, despite Friday’s frightening incident.

Toronto has proportionately fewer than half the transit cops of Montreal or Vancouver, but the head of the TTC wants to reassure the public that the system here is safe, despite Friday’s frightening incident.

The TTC has a ratio of about one constable per 4.5 million riders, compared with one constable per two million riders in Montreal, and one per 1.5 million riders in Vancouver.

But no number of staff could prevent all incidents, such as Friday’s near tragedy, when two teens were pushed onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train, said TTC chief general manager Gary Webster.

“We do not have enough presence — not yet. But we’re working on it.”

Webster pointed out that TTC crime is not increasing faster than its proportional rider growth.

 
 
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