Each year, large scale events such as Canada Day and the Celebration of Light attract huge crowds to downtown Vancouver. With up to 400,000 people travelling on the transit system for one single event, the presence of Transit Police is important to ensuring public safety and preventing crime. Our officers play a vital role in policing these events in cooperation with transit partners, operating companies and police partners, by being proactive and conducting high visibility foot patrols in and around transit.
Many of these events attract families. Everyone should be able to attend events without fear of encountering disorderly behavior which is often made worse by public intoxication. Transit Police work closely with police partners throughout Metro Vancouver to restrict liquor being taken into and consumed in the downtown core and near event venues. This approach helps in the management of large crowds, reduces the risk of threatening or violent behaviour and increases public safety and security.