Transit police to start sharing rider info with Barwatch

Jul 16 2019, 8:03 pm

In what they call an “additional tool to further protect the public and staff” on Metro Vancouver’s transit network, Transit Police announced this week they have entered into a new partnership with Barwatch.

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In this collaboration, the main role for officers will be to “identify and investigate transit system users who are frequent patrons of the entertainment district in Vancouver and are causing problems for other passengers on the system,” according to a release.

The information – which may include information regarding “lifestyle or criminal associations” of the patron – will be shared with Barwatch.

Then, based on the information provided, “Barwatch may consider banning these persons from participating Vancouver establishments. ”

Any relevant information will also be shared with the Vancouver Police Department for intelligence purposes.

“Barwatch is excited to be entering into this new partnership with Transit Police,” said Barwatch Chair Curtis Robinson. “We share a common interest: the safety of bar patrons, industry staff, transit users, and our police officers.”

The VPD has partnered with Barwatch since 2007.