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The BART Police Department is the law enforcement agency responsible for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in Northern California. The BART system covers more than 100 miles of rails with 46 stations throughout four counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. The BART Chief of Police is Chief Carlos Rojas. Chief Rojas leads more than 200 sworn officers and 100 non-sworn staff.

The BART Police Department and other first responder agencies across Alameda County today participated in a salute to he...
05/07/2020

The BART Police Department and other first responder agencies across Alameda County today participated in a salute to health care workers.

A caravan of more than 100 vehicles paraded through Oakland to honor health care workers at Highland Hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. First responders decorated their vehicles and ran their sirens to show respect to the health care workers who are a critical part of the region’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

These local hospitals not only care for people on the BART system who suffer medical emergencies, but they also administer tests for COVID-19 to BART police. So far, no members of the BART Police Department have tested positive for the virus.

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04/23/2020

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County health orders in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and San Mateo now require all riders to wear face coverings inside BART stations and on-board trains.

If you are riding BART, you need to cover your face to help prevent spread of COVID-19.

Read the full article here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2020/news20200421

The orders also require BART to take reasonable measures to remind the public that they need facing coverings and “must take all reasonable steps to prohibit any member of the public who is not wearing a face covering from entering and must not serve that person if those efforts are unsuccessful and seek to remove that person.” Failure to comply with the emergency health order is a misdemeanor. Enforcement begins Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

The new order does not replace the counties’ stay-at-home health order or the need to maintain physical distancing, wash hands frequently and cover coughs and sneezes – all fundamental to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Prior to the order, most BART riders were already wearing face coverings while riding. BART will take the following steps to be compliant with the new orders.

🔹Public Communication

◾️Signs with pictograms will be posted in all stations stating: Face coverings required. Please keep 6 ft apart. Non-medical masks, bandanas, scarves, and cloth can be used.
◾️PA announcements inside stations and on-board trains
◾️Platform digital sign messages
◾️Website updates and social media posts

🔹BART Police Deployment and Enforcement Strategies

BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez recently shifted deployment to focus police resources to the entrances of stations and near the faregates. This strategy was put into place to improve safety for our employees and riders and to prevent illegal behavior from occurring. Continuing this deployment will help BART enforce the new orders.

BART Police will be responsible for reminding riders of the new requirement. Consistent with BART’s current operating procedures, Station Agents will not be used to enforce the new public health emergency orders as they are not trained law enforcement personnel.

BART Police will give verbal reminders of the requirement to riders without face coverings when police encounter someone not covering their mouth and nose. Police personnel will remind the rider they have the option to use any material to cover their face. Only upon refusal to cover their face with any material will an officer ask the person to leave the system.

Riders should not confront others without a face covering. If someone isn’t wearing a face covering, riders should move away from the individual.

🔹Making your own face covering

Please help protect yourself, your fellow riders and our BART employees by covering your face.

CDC has a great guide of making a face covering using a T-shirt or bandana.

https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams created an easy to-do video too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, commonly referred to as Dispatcher Appreciation Week. It is ...
04/17/2020

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, commonly referred to as Dispatcher Appreciation Week. It is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. Everyone at the BART Police Department recognizes each and every one of our dispatchers and call-takers for all their hard work and dedication, as they truly are the backbone of our organization.

04/14/2020

For the third consecutive month BART has seen a decline in its crime rate. BART’s overall crime rate through March is down 21% compared with the same three months of 2019. The drop includes a 30% decrease in violent crimes over that same period. BART crime had already started to decline in the first two months of this year before ridership was impacted by the global pandemic.

Along with the recent decrease in ridership due to the coronavirus BART has seen a dramatic drop in crimes involving electronic devices. Last month there were 36 thefts and robberies involving cellphones and laptops. That compares with 117 such crimes in March of 2019. From January through March of this year BART saw 108 cases of snatch-and-run electronic item thefts. That total is down from 220 such cases for the same time last year, which is a drop of 51%.

The BART Police Department is rolling out a new deployment strategy in response to concerns about the potential spread of the coronavirus from both front-line BART employees and essential workers who are relying on the system.

BPD is now positioning sworn officers as well as non-sworn fare inspectors and community service officers in the paid areas of downtown San Francisco and downtown Oakland stations. At the start of service BPD personnel are now deployed near the fare gates to deter unwanted behavior such as fare evasion. This crime prevention strategy has been bolstered by the recent closure of some entrances at these stations, which makes it easier to focus resources on the remaining entry and exit points.

The new strategy not only maximizes the visible presence of officers but supports BART’s goal to maintain appropriate social distancing on trains by reducing the number of encounters between BPD and riders.

BPD Chief Ed Alvarez has made bolstering the visible presence of officers a priority since he was named permanent chief in January. In the latest Quarterly Performance Report for the third quarter of Fiscal Year ’20 BPD exceeded its goal of at least 12% of riders in surveys reporting they’ve seen officers in the system. It’s the first time BPD has topped its officer presence goal since last fiscal year.

BART has continued to offer service as the Bay Area has rallied to abide by the state’s stay-at-home order and BART PD o...
03/31/2020

BART has continued to offer service as the Bay Area has rallied to abide by the state’s stay-at-home order and BART PD officers are doing their part to ensure the safety of the critical workers who are still relying on the system. BART officers are on the job patrolling trains and boosting their visible presence inside stations at fare gates.

Train Team patrol officers and Ambassadors are also regularly circulating on trains to boost safety and encourage social distancing.

Despite the dramatic decline in ridership in March, BPD has still been responding to calls for service and making key arrests. Two recent examples include:

• 38-year-old Corey Cornish was arrested at the West Oakland Station Sunday morning on suspicion of robbery. Cornish was issued a Prohibition Order to stay away from BART and was then booked into Santa Rita Jail.
• On Friday, 55-year-old Loretta Howard was arrested at the Hayward Station on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Howard was issued a Prohibition Order and later booked at Santa Rita Jail.

The hiring of more officers and efforts to boost the visible presence of BPD throughout the system started to pay off in the first two months of 2020. January and February of this year saw a 7% drop in BART’s overall crime rate compared with the same two months in 2019. Over that same time violent crime fell 16%.

Safety glasses, N95 masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies have been issued to all BPD zone facilities so first responders have the equipment they need to maintain their health and stay on patrol.

Please meet BART Police's new Interim Deputy Chief, Angela Averiett. With 22 years of law enforcement service, BPD is th...
03/19/2020

Please meet BART Police's new Interim Deputy Chief, Angela Averiett. With 22 years of law enforcement service, BPD is thrilled to have her as a member of the BART PD family. Behind that beautiful smile is a true leader.

This is Interim Deputy Chief Angela Averiett with BART Police Department in California. She has been working in law enforcement for 22 years. She started her career with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office before moving to the Hayward Police Department, where she worked as a patrol and traffic officer and promoted through the ranks to Sergeant. In her leadership roles, she has taken part in the Barbershop Forum, organized a youth summit, led the Crisis Negotiation Team and served as Vice President of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators. Per her staff she “continues to lead the best she can with an infectious smile as well as a big heart for her employees and her community.” Thank you for being an inspiration and mentor to many women in law enforcement and for your continued service to your community! We are proud to share your story!

Today BART Police celebrates International Women's Day. BPD is proud of its female officers - a "Wonder Woman" inside ea...
03/10/2020

Today BART Police celebrates International Women's Day. BPD is proud of its female officers - a "Wonder Woman" inside each and every one of them.

A strong woman stands up for herself, a stronger woman stands up for everyone else.

Today BART Police celebrates International Women's Day. BPD is proud of its female officers - a "Wonder Woman" inside each and every one of them.

A strong woman stands up for herself, a stronger woman stands up for everyone else.

Today BART Police celebrates International Women's Day. BPD is proud of its female officers - a "Wonder Woman" inside ea...
03/08/2020

Today BART Police celebrates International Women's Day. BPD is proud of its female officers - a "Wonder Woman" inside each and every one of them.

A strong woman stands up for herself, a stronger woman stands up for everyone else.

Today BART Police celebrates International Women's Day. BPD is proud of its female officers - a "Wonder Woman" inside each and every one of them.

A strong woman stands up for herself, a stronger woman stands up for everyone else.

BART Police was thrilled to partner with Roosevelt Elementary School in Read Across America. BART Police Chief Alvarez, ...
03/06/2020

BART Police was thrilled to partner with Roosevelt Elementary School in Read Across America. BART Police Chief Alvarez, Commander Carter, Lt. Franklin, Sgt. McNack, and Sgt. Power all participated by reading to the kids.

Of course, it goes without saying that all the children had a great time and were excited to meet BART officers at the school.

This morning, Chief Ed Alvarez was officially sworn in as the new chief of BART Police Department at the BART PD Headqua...
02/21/2020

This morning, Chief Ed Alvarez was officially sworn in as the new chief of BART Police Department at the BART PD Headquarters in Downtown Oakland in front of BART PD officers, BART staff, including General Manager Robert Powers, and his predecessor, Carlos Rojas, who retired last May.

Alvarez is a 22-year veteran of the BART Police Department, an East Bay native, and has spent his entire law enforcement career moving up the ranks within BART Police. He was serving as Interim Chief of Police before his permanent appointment and was previously the Deputy Chief in charge of the Support Services Bureau. The selection was the result of a nationwide search process involving BART's Police Citizen Review Board and Independent Police Auditor.

Alvarez is a first generation Mexican-American, fluent in Spanish, and grew up in Newark riding BART to A’s games and into San Francisco.

Alvarez presented his vision for safety last week at the Board of Director's annual workshop.The Chief outlined plans to improve safety and security at BART including dedicated train teams and ambassadors, officers assigned to a dedicated fixed-post at individual stations, a fully staffed police department and growing head count over the next 5 years, community policing, and transparency and accountability.

BART crime in January is down 18% system wide when comparing January 2019 to January 2020. Cellphone thefts also showed a significant drop. January 2019 had 74 cellphone thefts and January 2020 had 46.

Watch video of his presentation at the Board of Directors annual workshop, along with Ambassador Lateefa Davis' testimony of her first week on the job patrolling trains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Uqi_z-XFU

BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez held a news conference at El Cerrito del Norte Station today where he confirmed officers re...
02/16/2020

BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez held a news conference at El Cerrito del Norte Station today where he confirmed officers recovered a handgun in connection with the officer-involved shooting that happened earlier that same afternoon.

Alvarez says the incident began as a domestic dispute aboard a train at around 2 pm.

Another rider on the train called BPD and told them there was a couple arguing and the male appeared to have a handgun. Officers arrived a minute and a half after the call and confronted the suspect.

BPD says the suspect fled the train and went into the trackway where he produced the gun.

Chief Alvarez says that’s when the suspect was shot by police. The suspect suffered life-threatening injuries but nobody else was injured. BPD is in the process of conducting its investigation with oversight form the Office of the Independent Police Auditor, which had staff at the scene.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, and collecting surveillance video from the train, station, and officers’ body cameras.

02/15/2020
BART Police Department - Vision for Safety

Hear from our new Chief of Police Ed Alvarez in this video as he presents his vision for safety at the Board of Director's annual workshop. He shared promising new crime data showing his new strategies are already paying off.

New BART Ambassador Lateefa Davis also recapped her first week on the job.

Watch the 🎥 :

https://youtu.be/z3Uqi_z-XFU

BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez presented promising signs of progress today at our Board of Directors workshop. Crime is do...
02/14/2020

BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez presented promising signs of progress today at our Board of Directors workshop.

Crime is down 18% systemwide comparing Jan 2019 to Jan 2020.

Cell phone thefts also showed a big drop: 74 thefts in Jan 2019 vs 46 in Jan 2020.

He then outlined his vision for safety:

✅Dedicated train patrol teams + ambassadors
✅Pilot fixed post deployment (dedicated officers to individual stations)
✅Fully staff BART PD over next 5 years
✅Emphasize community policing

Ambassador Lateefa Davis spoke about her first 3 days on the job as an Ambassador, patrolling trains on afternoons and nights.

“Just having our presence on trains, people really appreciate that. When we patrol platforms, people are happy to see us.”

8:30pm Update: this suspect is now in custody. BART Police are releasing images of a man wanted for an assault that took...
02/14/2020

8:30pm Update: this suspect is now in custody.

BART Police are releasing images of a man wanted for an assault that took place at 6:09 pm on Tuesday February 11, on board a Daly City bound train near the Lake Merritt station.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect boarded the train at Coliseum. The victim then boarded the train at Fruitvale. The suspect then punched a male in the face and the two got into a fight and then off-boarded at Lake Merritt station. Nothing was stolen.

The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital and has since been released.

For full article: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2020/news20200213-0

Anyone with information about the pictured suspect is asked to call BART Police at 510-464-7040 or anonymously at 510-464-7011.

Today, BART has launched a pilot ambassador program to increase the presence of uniformed personnel on trains to address...
02/11/2020

Today, BART has launched a pilot ambassador program to increase the presence of uniformed personnel on trains to address customers’ concerns about safety and security. The BART Board voted unanimously in January to move forward with a six-month pilot program.

The unarmed ambassadors are recruited from the ranks of the BART Police Department’s Community Service Officers, non-sworn personnel who perform a variety of police services. The ambassadors received additional de-escalation and anti-bias training before the program launched.

The ten ambassadors will walk trains in teams of two, seven-days-a-week from 2 pm to midnight, with extra coverage on Saturdays. They will focus their patrols on the most heavily travelled section of the system, the transbay corridor between 12th St. Oakland and Civic Center stations. During crowded evening commute hours, they will increase their coverage areas to other sections of the system such as Coliseum to Union City and Walnut Creek to Pittsburg/Bay Point.

The ambassadors wear easily-identifiable uniforms distinct from those of Community Service Officers or Fare Inspectors. They are equipped with radios to report safety and security concerns or biohazards. The ambassadors are also trained to respond to customers’ questions, complaints or requests for service. They will observe and report and call upon an officer when enforcement is needed.

In addition to the 10 ambassadors, BART PD Chief Ed Alvarez announced in January a newly created team of 12 sworn police officers will be dedicated to riding trains in pairs and walking platforms on nights and weekends. Coupled together, both programs offer 22 police staff dedicated to riding trains, representing a new shift in the deployment strategies of the police department.

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