Post on : June 21, 2024

The Downtown Safety Coalition is leading a multi-point action plan to improve the safety of everyone who works or visits downtown. One point of this plan is the deployment of private security patrols downtown. Phase 1 concentrated on George Street and ran from July to November of 2023. Phase 2 ran from February to May 2024. Phase 3 began June 21, 2024 and it involves a larger portion of downtown, from Prescott Street to Queen Street on Water Street and Duckworth Street. Patrol services will be in the area seven days a week from 10 am to 4 am.

This project is funded by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the George Street Association and the Downtown St. John’s Business Commission.

Independent Security Services Atlantic (ISS) will be patrolling the area highlighted below providing security and support to all persons in the downtown including the businesses that operate there. They are not a replacement for the RNC, rather they are an additional level of the security net of our community.

ISS patrol area:

Water Street from Queen Street to Prescott Street.

George Street from Beck’s Cove/Water Street to Queen Street.

Duckworth Street from Queen Street to Prescott Street.

  • Deter and report criminal activity including any type of violence or theft.
  • Arrest suspects that ISS witness committing a crime.
  • Support businesses and the people who work downtown.
  • Operate as ambassadors for downtown, welcoming and informing visitors.
  • Provide support to the RNC where applicable.
    ISS Patrol Support: 709 693 4549
    ISS Supervisor: 709 687 0804 or


The service is provided by Independent Security Services Atlantic (ISS) and involves both foot patrol and mobile patrol. ISS is an award-winning security company that started operations in 1995 in Nova Scotia. They expanded to Newfoundland in 2015. They have over 350 employees and four regional offices in
Atlantic Canada.

The Downtown Safety Coalition (DSC) is a working group formed in 2022 to tackle the complex safety issues in downtown St. John’s. This group comprises members of the Provincial Government, City of St. John’s, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Destination St. John’s, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador,
George Street Association, Downtown St. John’s, and Music NL.