January 29th, 2007

Security crackdown yields charges, fines.

Police, Transpo stage crackdown on buses

Melissa Arseniuk, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ottawa police and OC Transpo joined forces for a pilot project that resulted in 32 provincial offence notices and 15 charges being issued.

The sting, nicknamed “Project Accordion” in reference to the 20-metre articulated buses the plain-clothes officers often rode, took place on four days randomly selected between Jan. 15 and 25, police say.

Notices were given for smoking in bus shelters and on buses; open liquor in bus shelters and on buses; failure to provide proof of payment; and trespassing. Criminal charges were laid for drug possession and consumption, assault, transportation fraud, obstruction of police, and breaching release conditions. Four riders were also banned from riding OC Transpo buses for a year.

The crackdown focused on OC Transpo routes leaving the downtown core during evening hours that OC Transpo security had identified as the most problematic, including the popular number 95 and 97 routes.

Police say Project Accordion was developed by a handful of officers who wanted to reduce crime on city buses.

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=e718a9a9-758d-43ad-8be8-341d2ba07ea2&k=0

God bless 'em for nailing those shelter smokers. Those people should be hung up by their thumbs.