Friday, May 8, 2015

SCBCTAPS - The Transit Police

In February it was announced that TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is "stepping down effective immediately in an effort to “restore public confidence"

Jarvis’ contract with TransLink does not expire until 2016, and until then he will still earn his salary serving as an advisor to the board of directors.

TransLink spends $500K on 13 TV screens - June 6, 2012

2013 compensation ---->

Williamson, D - Police Support Clerk, Support Services $ 83,136.49
Vath, M - Quality Review Reader Support Services $ 78,091.93
Talbott,L Manager, Strategic Services Support Services $ 114,223.31


- May 29, 2015
Another old gent—slight of build and who could have been anywhere from 65 to 85 years old, with a long white beard and clothing that had seen better days—already sat near the front in the first single seat with a very large black plastic bag of bottles and cans. Binners like him commonly ride the buses, often cadging free rides, and they are a common sight on that bus as well as the #7 and #14.
One stop farther north, the doors opened and startlingly loud voices brought me up from my book with a start. They proclaimed from the front and side doors: "Okay, ladies and gentleman, please have your fares ready for inspection. This is a fare check." At least four transit cops were outside the bus; one got on in the front and two, I believe, came in the side. At least one stayed outside. They were mostly big, with body armour and guns.

The old man with the paper told one cop either that he didn't pay or didn't have a ticket (I only heard, "I don't..."). By way of explanation, he yanked his shirt out of threadbare pants, stretched his arms up, and pointed down to what looked like a chest bandage of some sort. Perhaps he had just been discharged from St. Paul's without money or tickets, not an uncommon situation.

Suddenly voices were raised and I turned just in time to see the bearded senior grabbing his bag of cans while the cop did the same, both of them grappling with the yielding plastic surface, with the cop seeming to get hold of the bottom and yanking upwards, upending its contents with a huge crash on the sidewalk. At least one glass bottle shattered. Immediately, that officer and one other, then another, flew at whitebeard, pushing him back and flinging him to the cement in the bus shelter behind, pinning his arms behind his back while his mouth was open in a silent scream.
This rail-thin elderly man was physically tackled by them—an out-and-out case of assault, to my mind—and possibly injured.

A good night's work, boys. A couple of real desperadoes taken out.

Transit Police constables Bruce Shipley (left) and Alfred Wong were found guilty Friday
VANCOUVER — Two Transit Police officers found guilty of assaulting a construction worker in 2012 will try to have the charges thrown out with a constitutional challenge based on an excessive delay of trial.

Consts. Bruce Shipley and Alfred Wong on May 29, 2015 were convicted of assaulting Jordan Dyck, 29, of White Rock, but not guilty of the two other charges they faced: fabricating evidence in the reports to cover up the assault and breach of trust.

As soon as Vancouver provincial court Judge Reg Harris finished reading out his lengthy decision that found the officers guilty of assault after a trial that stretched out over months, the officers’ defence lawyers immediately asked for more time for their new challenge. They and the Crown are to return on June 8 to book a court time for the constitutional challenge.
Dyck said he was aware the case could have had a different outcome if he hadn’t filed a complaint, especially since the officers had tried to have him charged with assaulting an officer, obstructing police and causing a disturbance.The officers continue on paid administrative duties.
February 18, 2014

Ken Jansen
A Transit Police officer who was fired over accusations he assaulted a senior at Surrey Memorial Hospital in 2010 has been reinstated. An arbitrator has given Ken Jansen his job back. But Jordan Bateman with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says that decision could be a costly one for the public. “Now, we’ve seen this big reverse; this big win for him.”

“The people that are going to be punished the most are the taxpayers. If he gets his way, Transit Police is going to be on the hook for a big chunk of money; that’s a problem for those of us who have to pay the bill,” he explains. Jansen is seeking up to $120,000 in damages and legal fees from TransLink.

September 4, 2014. Transit police are cracking down on fare evaders at high-volume stops across Metro Vancouver today as part of TransLink's campaign to cut its losses. Commuters at the Broadway-Commercial SkyTrain station were slowed down as over a dozen police officers checked bus and train riders for proof of payment and issued tickets with stiffer possible penalties that came into effect Monday.

"It does slow everything down, " said Brian Lightfoot. He estimated the checks added about five minutes to his commute. While research showed that most transit users had valid fares, TransLink spokesman Drew Snider said the company started checking fares on the "99 Freeline" buses last year after it determined the amount of "fare leakage" was too much.
Last year's fare-check campaign from Sept. 6 to Nov. 14 found that just less than two per cent of riders on the two main Broadway bus routes evaded fares during the average day.

Doug Allen
Translink’s interim CEO Doug Allen says fare evasion fluctuates around 4.5%, similar to other transit systems in North America.

His interim replacement, Doug Allen, will be paid $32,000 a month until a permanent replacement is hired. In other words, TransLink will now be effectively paying for TWO CEOs

Ian Jarvis
Flashing your badge won’t get you special treatment. In fact, it will likely cost you.
That’s the lesson six police officers learned last year, according to the 2014 annual report from the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.

Four Vancouver cops, a Transit Police officer and one from New Westminster all either flashed their badge or identified themselves as officers, in a bid to get out of trouble. In other incidents, three Transit Police officers were suspended for humiliating and embarrassing a female officer during a squad meeting. They were also to undergo Respect in the Workplace training. Their supervisor got the same punishment.
September 14th, 2006. A blind man who claimed that he was assaulted by two SkyTrain police officers is asking what has happened to the complaint he filed. William Conway told the Georgia Straight that he last received an official update about his case on June 24. “The status is, I don't know,”  said the Sechelt resident who regularly travels to Vancouver with his guide dog to attend meetings of the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, where he sits as a board member.

Conway, who has been blind since he was eight, said nothing could have prepared him for the alleged February 22 assault following a night- time exchange of words with two SkyTrain constables at Joyce Station who questioned whether his German shepherd was a certified guide dog.
“They tried to break my wrist. They tried to choke me out of consciousness,”  said Conway, who recalled that he passed out for a few seconds and regained awareness after his dog began licking his face. He later found out that he suffered a gash on the leg.
August 18, 2012. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling for the Transit Police force to be scrapped after documents reveal legal fees for the force have skyrocketed in recent years. According to a Freedom of Information request, the force paid $8,000 for legal advice for Transit Police officers in 2008. That number nearly doubled in 2009, and jumped to $300,000 in 2011.
Transit Police spokesperson Anne Drennan says the high fees in 2011 are due in part to an inquiry into an officer who hit a fare evader with a stun gun and says the legal fees are a necessary piece of having an accountable force. This year, Transit Police have already spent $149,000 in legal fees.

Drennan says it’s too early to predict the final tally for 2012.

Note ------> SCBCTAPS reported legal expenses of $ 564,598 in 2013, up 11% on the $ 508,146 in 2012.

Mr. Wesson died before the matter could be heard in B.C. Supreme Court.
Gordon Wesson was riding the SkyTrain on January 11, 2011. As his new pass had not arrived in the mail yet, he approached transit police at the Olympic Village station to ask them if it was okay to ride. They said it wasn’t okay, that he needed to either pay a fare or leave. (note - the "grace period" for old handicap passes had not expired. It was "o.k." according to Translink policy).

Far from home and his destination, Wesson left the station and tried to board a city bus. But the officers saw him and, according to the police report, Officer Stanton Edward Hyde followed Wesson onto the bus, ordering him to get off. Wesson refused, and that’s when things got physical. Wesson, 63 years old and disabled, claims Officer Hyde ignored his protests about his health.

“I said I have a stroke in this hand (right) and he said, ‘I don’t care.’ He pulled (my arm) behind my back, because I can’t put it behind my back,” Wesson told Megaphone. “I told him I’ve had five heart attacks, and he didn’t even give a shit about my heart attacks. And I’ve got Crohn’s Disease. After an accident like that he could have killed me.”
“... the bigger issue is police accountability,” says King. “Without a working police complaint system, the only real way that police are going to get the message that they’ve done something wrong, and that their actions have consequences, is if there’s a judgment rendered against them.”
May 30, 2011. Vancouver police taser, tackle, sword-wielding man who rode transit train for 10 stops. The man flashing the metre-long sword was obvious enough on the SkyTrain system that people called transit police to report his presence. But the man, later central to a 30-minute standoff with Vancouver police in the downtown core, travelled 10 stations on Monday between Metrotown mall and downtown Burrard Station.

"They received reports that he had a sword, and he was on SkyTrain sheathing it and unsheathing it, displaying it, showing it to people, acting irrationally," said Constable Lindsey Houghton of the Vancouver Police Department. He said the transit police would have to explain why they did not intercept the sword-wielding man en route into the city - a ride of at least 15 to 20 minutes that would have included a stop at bustling Commercial-Broadway Station.
June 8, 2012 - After being threatened with a ticket, an activist defends her right to distribute Fire This Time Newspaper at Commercial Drive Skytrain Station in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Acting sergeant supervisor D. Young of the Transit Police service eventually agrees that activists can continue their distribution based on the very clearly posted "Transit Rules".
August 31, 2012. Police harassment and assault of activists distributing Fire This Time Newspaper at Metrotown Skytrain Station in Vancouver (Burnaby), BC, Canada.

The activists were released without charge but Transit Police confiscated their publication.

April 6, 2011. The BCCLA has filed a policy complaint with the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner following a Transit Police officer barring a Skytrain passenger who declined to remove a button that said “Fuck Yoga”. The passenger had been removed following a fare check. When the passenger purchased a fare and attempted to return, the officer would not let her return because she would not remove the button.

“Wearing a button doesn't break the law. Transit's approach opens it to ridicule,” said Robert Holmes, President of the BCCLA.
The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service (SCBCTAPS) is the police force for TransLink, the public transit system of the Metro Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada.

Formed in December 2005, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police is the only police force in Canada solely dedicated to transit. Transit Police officers have the same authorities and powers as other police officers while on and off duty. They are sworn in as designated provincial constables, with full police powers throughout the province.
As the only transit police force in Canada, there were concerns by transit employee unions and interest groups when the decision to arm members was made. In recent years, many arguments have been made that the Transit Police is not an effective use of TransLink's funding or police resources, as one of their primary duties is checking transit fares and issuing tickets.
The man shot and killed by a transit police officer in Surrey on December 28, 2014 was Naverone Woods, 23, according to the B.C. Coroner's Service.

The South Coast B.C. Transit Authority was called to Surrey Central SkyTrain Station where a man was reportedly banging his head against a wall and screaming.

Tracey Woods said Naverone, who lived with her and his stepbrother Ed Patsey for three years, had no history of mental illness. He graduated in 2009 and worked as a carpentry labourer with his dad and brothers before moving to Surrey. He had been working part-time in construction before he died.
It has been reported that Woods left the Surrey SkyTrain Station before SCBCTAPS officers arrived and proceeded into a nearby Safeway Store. After hearing a call on RCMP radio, SCBCTAPS officers proceeded to the Safeway.
Anne Drennan, the former VPD media relations queen, now the same at TransLink police ...

"In 2011, 19 of our members drew their firearms in 10 incidents. In 2012 thus far, 13 of our members have drawn their firearms in 8 incidents."
Metro Vancouver Transit Police are changing the way officers deal with undocumented migrants during fare checks over the case of a Mexican woman who hanged herself while awaiting deportation. Lucia Vega Jimenez died in hospital in December 2013.
Weeks earlier, Transit Police stopped her for fare evasion and called Canada Border Services Agency, which arrested Jimenez when a database check showed she had been previously deported from the country.
Vancouver's transit police force once boasted it had referred more undocumented migrants to federal immigration authorities than any other local police agency. Now the transit authority says it's not in the business of seeking out illegal immigrants.

"We're not in the business of seeking out illegal immigrants," said Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan.
In a stunning display of interference with a Provincial Legislative Initiative two officers refused to leave even when asked and were advised of their criminal behaviour. Cst Warren Chow #224 and Cst Gerald Guno #229, both Police Officers of the South Coast BC Transportation Authority, acknowledged they were unaware of the liability of their crime, up to 2 years in jail and or up to a $10,000 fine each
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's B.C. Director Jordan Bateman uncovered a frightening incident where a Transit Police officer left explosives on a commercial jet liner following a dog training exercise -- and didn't notice for two full days. Global News, January 21, 2013.

Police patrolling Greater Vancouver’s TransLink system will continue to Taser “non-compliant” passengers and fare dodgers a news conference heard Friday.

A video showing the last moments in the life of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, who died after RCMP shot him multiple times with a Taser at Vancouver International Airport.

Transit police officer Const. Dan Dickhout
April 27, 2012. A B.C. transit police officer who abused his authority when he Tasered a fare evader has been suspended for two days without pay.

“The irresistible inference from the totality of the evidence . . . is that Const. Dickhout discharged the Taser because he was annoyed by Lypchuk’s behaviour, foul language and reluctance to promptly respond to various commands, and not because he believed that Lypchuk was committing a criminal offence.”
A White Rock construction worker allegedly assaulted by two transit police officers — who were also charged with fabricating evidence in the case — told their trial he did nothing to deserve the pepper-spraying and arrest.

Consts. Bruce Shipley and Alfred Wong were in Provincial Court in Vancouver on Wednesday for their trial on charges of assault, fabrication of evidence, two counts each of public mischief and breach of trust by a public officer.

The two officers are accused of assaulting Jordan Dyck, 29, on Feb. 9, 2012, on the Seymour Street steps of Granville Station and of altering their report into the incident.

He said it was unfortunate TransLink’s surveillance tapes, which were played in court on Tuesday, aren’t available to the public. Outside court, Dyck said the only defence the officers’ lawyers had was to ask him if he needed psychiatric care. He said the officers “kept insisting I was causing a disturbance”

Ken Jansen
A transit officer alleged to have used excessive force against a Surrey senior will now face a public hearing to determine if he will be dismissed. The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner announced Friday a public hearing would be scheduled to hear the case of Const. Ken Jansen of the South Coast B.C. Transportation Authority.

On April 22, 2010, Jansen and RCMP Const. Mitchell Spears were both involved in an incident at Surrey Memorial Hospital involving patient Robert Keith Booker. Booker, now 77, had been arrested under the Mental Health Act and was in police custody at the time of the incident. Jansen is alleged to have delivered knee strikes to Booker, as Spears allegedly restrained and used a Taser.

A transit police officer who was originally fired after beating an elderly man and jolting him with a Taser has been reinstated by a judge, but demoted and suspended without pay for 14 days. The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner ruled that Const. Ken Jansen filed a false report to justify using the Taser when the act occurred at Surrey Memorial Hospital April 2010. However, the adjudicator cleared the constable of discreditable conduct and abuse of authority.

The Crown alleged Booker was assaulted and Tasered during an unprovoked attack in an emergency ward waiting room. Booker was 73 at the time. Judge Ronald Lamperson, at Surrey provincial court, stayed criminal court proceedings against Surrey RCMP Const. Mitchell Spears and Transit Police Const. Ken Jansen on Wednesday after finding their Charter rights to a timely trial had been infringed upon by 22 months of court delays.
On February 3, 2015 it was announced that ... "Transit Police Officer Charged After Lengthy Investigation". On August 10, 2011, Constable Edgardo DIAZ and his partner, then Constable Michael Hughes, were involved in an incident at Rupert Street SkyTrain Station. An altercation which took place between the two officers and a male, resulted in a request by Transit Police to the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner for an order to investigate.

This has resulted in both Constable Diaz and Mr. Hughes (who has since left the police service) being charged by Crown with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Assault with a Weapon. First appearance for Constable Diaz is on February 12, 2015. Diaz has been working in an administrative role and Hughes left the service in 2012.
Two Transit police officers are under investigation by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner for alleged "use of force" against a University of B.C. student. The incident, involving constables Edgar Diaz and Michael Hughes, occurred last August when the officers allegedly stopped the youth for a fare check and he ended up in hospital.
February 15, 2013. A Transit police officer has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assaulting a police officer in connection with an incident at a New Westminster bar last fall. New Westminster police were called to a bar on Sept. 12 where several people were fighting outside in the 500-block of 7th Street.

Staff Sgt. Paul Hyland said Brian Lawson was arrested at the scene. It was later determined that he was an off-duty Transit police officer.
Read more:
TransLink's Transit Police are under renewed criticism after a report for the Edmonton Police Service warned the Metro Vancouver transit security model is one that should not be emulated.

The report by Edmonton Police Acting Supt. Garry Meads flags jurisdictional overlaps between Transit Police and the local police or RCMP who do have specific geographical responsibilities. "This type of arrangement has resulted in much confusion and inefficiencies," Meads said in the April 2011 report, adding he was told the model will likely never be repeated in B.C.

Transit Police spent $29 million in 2012 – funded mainly by TransLink fares, gas taxes and property tax – and the force's budget is slated to rise to $35 million by 2014 and $42 million by 2021.
SeaBus service and terminals were shut down for several hours on Tuesday March 11, 2015 due to a suspicious package that turned to be a "very old Walkman-style device."
The item was found hidden partially under a seat of the MV Burrard Beaver boat during the evening commute between Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The RCMP explosives unit dispatched a bomb-sniffing dog and robot to investigate. "What was found was a very old Walkman-style device. You couldn't tell what it was until the robot got right up to it and it could be viewed from the robot video," Drennan told The Huffington Post B.C.
Transit Police Should Be Scrapped: Vancouver Mayor. Vancouver's mayor is questioning the need for Transit Police when cities in the region already have their own police forces to cover trains and buses.

Gregor Robertson said he wants to see TransLink focus on transportation rather than transit policing.

Shots Fired at Surrey SkyTrain Station. Apr 28, 2014. Both Surrey Mounties and the Independent Investigations Office are looking into what led to a shooting at Surrey's Gateway SkyTrain station.

Transit Police opened fire on a suspect outside the station at around 4:00 yesterday afternoon.
James Watts, a 94-year-old Second World War veteran, isn’t positive about TransLink’s security. He called two TransLink security officers “overpaid crap” after they attempted to boot him from a bus on Granville Street near 11th Avenue around 12:45 p.m. Monday.

The burly security men were checking fares and Watts mistakenly showed them his driver’s licence. “He said, ‘If you don’t show your pass, you can get off the bus’,” recalled Watts, who was a bus driver for 27 years. “I’m 94 and I would like to sit down while I find my pass.” That wasn’t good enough.

“He said, ‘You’re not going to sit down. If you carry on like this, I’m going to arrest you,’” said Watts.
On August 1, 2014 it was reported ... Transit Police arrested a man late Thursday night at the Surrey Central bus loop, while he was aboard a Coast Mountain bus. Officers determined the man was acting irrationally and apprehended him under the Mental Health Act, before taking him to hospital, the first statement said.

The man was described as compliant during the arrest, and police said there was no incident but that he was in medical distress by the time he reached the hospital and could not be revived.
"On my way to work this morning, Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers interrupted my bus ride with a fare check. Luckily, I had my monthly pass on me, and no one on the bus received a $173 ticket for an unpaid fare. Naturally, I tweeted about the fare check after the bus got rolling again.

Const. Graham Walker

A few hours later, I received a couple of direct messages from Const. Graham Walker, whose Twitter profile identifies him as a community relations and patrol officer with the transit police. As you can see, Walker took issue with my tweet:

“Hi Stephen. Not sure why you would want to tell people where we are checking fares. First off, it's not okay to ride for free, we all 1/2 2/2 know about funding, etc. Plus, we remove hundreds of criminals from the system each year after finding them without fare."
Transit cops ask for 5.5 per cent wage hike, retroactive pay. The union representing officers is calling for five-and-a-half per cent in retroactive pay for the two years they went without a contract, and an additional six per cent raise, all over the next two years.

Officers currently make a minimum of $75,000 a year and more than one-third of officers earn in excess of $100,000 a year.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police ratified a new collective agreement. Under the new Transit Police contract with the TPPA, officers will receive an 11.5 percent wage increase for the years 2011 to 2015.

Ian Jarvis
TransLink’s latest salary disclosure documents indicates that the number of TransLink staff earning $100,000 or more in 2012 grew by 14.6 per cent. This includes 58 members of the Transit Police.

The salaries of the four top executives at TransLink in 2012 according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation:

•CEO Ian Jarvis went from $382,954 in 2011 to $394,730 in 2012. Add in pension contributions and benefits, and he totalled $438,700.
•COO Doug Kelsey went from $329,936 to $336,729. With pension and benefits, the total was $377,054.
•CFO Cathy McLay went from $285,481 to $294,877. With pension and benefits, she made $330,753.
•Executive VP Bob Paddon went from $244,699 to $273,889. With pension and benefits, his total was $307,857.

In February it was announced that TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is "stepping down effective immediately in an effort to “restore public confidence,” said board chair Marcella Szel. Jarvis’ contract with TransLink does not expire until 2016, and until then he will still earn his salary serving as an advisor to the board of directors.

"Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability, Respect, Teamwork. These are the core values of the Transit Police Service."
Two transit police officers involved in an incident at a downtown Vancouver SkyTrain station that resulted in a schoolteacher being hit with a flashlight are unlikely to face any disciplinary sanction.
After a two-week B.C. Supreme Court trial, a civil jury ruled in March that Ms. Logeman was “wrongly assaulted” by Walter Rossa in 2002, and that he struck her with his flashlight. Ms. Logeman, 30, suffered a “blowout fracture” of a bone below her left eye. The judge said both constables lied under oath during the trial about the striking of Ms. Logeman.
“The blatant untruthfulness of both of these defendants on this pivotal issue has had an adverse effect on both the nature and the conduct of this litigation,” Judge Sinclair Prowse wrote.

“The evidence was undisputed that Mr. Rossa was completely indifferent to the injury that he caused the plaintiff.” Mr. Dorby is now a constable and Mr. Rossa a sergeant with the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Police Service. The two officers had been cleared of any wrongdoing in both criminal and internal investigations.