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The Russian Guard ensures public safety in St. Petersburg trolleybuses and trams

All trams and trolleybuses subordinated to the St. Petersburg Transport Committee are equipped with the alarm button for calling the Russian Guard rapid response group. This was announced by Aleksander Krasilich, Deputy Head of the Department of Non-Departmental Security of the Troops of the National Guard of the Russian Federation for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, during the discussion «Urban Public Transport: Ensuring Real-Time Security» at the Forum «Transport Environment». The event took place as part of the first day of the Forum «EXPOTECHNOSTRAZH 2024» held at the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg.

Alla Sevryukova, Head of the Transport Security Service of the St. Petersburg State Unitary Enterprise «Gorelektrotrans», stated that the Russian Guard has been engaged in ensuring safety of public electric transport in St. Petersburg since 2019, and this collaboration is rather efficient. It takes 5–8 minutes for the Russian Guard’s squad to arrive to the scene of incident, while the time of waiting for employees of district police departments ranges from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. Due to this efficiency, forced downtime of trams and trolleybuses has been reduced by almost 2.5 times – from 50 minutes in case of a police call to 20 minutes if the Russian Guard leaves on alarm.

Aleksander Krasilich called regular joint exercises conducted by law enforcement officers and the carrier employees another advantage of collaboration with the Russian Guard in ensuring social security in public transport. «Our employees, conductors, and drivers participate in these exercises. We work out the procedure for everyone’s actions, and if suddenly an attacker starts acting in the cabin of a tram or trolleybus, then everyone knows what to do. Moreover, the very fact that the facility is equipped with the alarm button helps reduce the number of offenses», explained Aleksander Krasilich.

Alla Sevryukova added that, in 2023, leaving on alarm, the Russian Guard prevented 143 offenses and crimes, detained 55 people. Aleksander Krasilich.explained that, as a rule, these are people acting out of hooligan motives, who are in the state of strong emotional excitement or in the drunken state, who either try to get into the driver’s cabin, or argue with the conductor, or start a quarrel or brawl in the cabin of transport, or spoil it.

However, according to Aleksander Pitirimov, General Director of the ANO «For Public Transport», buses have not currently been connected to the central security system of the Russian Guard in St. Petersburg. This issue will be discussed in April, at the major practical meeting with participation of all interested parties: representatives of city authorities, passenger carriers, and law enforcement agencies. «Public transport is an integral part of the life of St. Petersburg residents, and it must be truly safe», concluded Aleksander Pitirimov.

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