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