The YRT/Viva Special Constable Services
is the security section of the York Region Transit
(YRT) and Viva
transit system in York Region, Ontario
. The Special Constable Services were launched in September 2005
, and are responsible for safety and security on the YRT and Viva. These Special Constables are peace officers, have similar powers as police officers
, and are sworn in by the YRT/Viva and the York Regional Police
. Authorized as "Special Contables" by the
York Police Services Board, pursuant to Section 53 of the Police Services Act of Ontario
. The Special Constable apointment, by its very nature affords "peace officer" powers under section 2 of the Criminal Code of Canada, as it relates to the duties of the YORK/VIVA Transit System.
A contingent of Special Constables patrol both YRT and Viva properties and enforce:
They also enforce the Trespass to Property Act of Ontario, as agents of the property.
Special constables wear distinct uniforms with black jackets and blue shirts with Special Constables identification (blue and black crest on their shoulders).
Fare Media Inspectors are enforcement officers responsible for fare inspections on Viva and issuing fines relating to fare violations.
YRT/Viva Special Constables also drive in the unmarked and marked cruisers.
The special constables patrol within areas served by the YRT/Viva.
YRT Transit Enforcement