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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.

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.

BART Police is hiring for lateral officers and academy graduates. Join the BART team! Text “BARTfly” to 313131 for more ...
02/07/2020

BART Police is hiring for lateral officers and academy graduates. Join the BART team! Text “BARTfly” to 313131 for more information.

Around 11:30 pm on Monday, February 3rd, three BART PD officers and a EMT trainee student found a man lying on the floor...
02/06/2020

Around 11:30 pm on Monday, February 3rd, three BART PD officers and a EMT trainee student found a man lying on the floor, unresponsive and overdosing from opioids.

The quick response from the student, Nicholas Stallcup, and the police officers -- Officer Abraham Pena-Vega, Police Officer Trainee Ryan Piol and Field Training Officer Erik Rose -- helped save the man's life.

Stallcup, an Oakland resident studying at City College of San Francisco, applied CPR on the unresponsive man. Piol, under the supervision of Officer Pena-Vega, shortly arrived after Stallcup attended to the man and applied two doses of Narcan which recovered the man's pulse. Medical personnel arrived to transport the man to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.

Pena-Vega credited Stallcup for his early intervention which made the difference between them saving the man's life just in time with Narcan.

"It is always great when riders have first aid training," said Pena-Vega. "A few seconds can make the difference between life and death."

(Read the full story here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2020/news20200206)

Since May 2019, all BART PD officers carry Narcan while on duty to help save lives amid a nationwide opioid crisis impacting Bay Area cities. BART partners such as Homeless Outreach Teams (HOT) and Hunters Point Family staff who work as elevator attendants at four downtown San Francisco stations also carry Narcan to apply when they find a rider or someone on BART property overdosing on synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.

In December 2018, a BART elevator attendant supervisor made local news after administering Narcan to a person found overdosing at Civic Center.

"(Narcan) is a great tool especially with the fentanyl epidemic that is going around," said Pena-Vega. "It gives us a chance to bring them back to life. And it gives them a second chance at life and to hopefully seek help and rehab."

Stallcup recommended CPR training classes as key in helping regular people respond to emergency situations.

"CPR certification doesn't cost a lot -- or at times, it's free," said Stallcup. "One day of classes can buy someone a week, or much longer time with life."

Stallcup also stressed the importance of being compassionate and considerate of others on BART and in their Bay Area community.

"It's easy to look at someone and think -- oh, he's a junkie so let's not bother -- and turn the other cheek," said Stallcup. "They are still part of our community. They are not the most glamorous or healthiest part, but nonetheless, they are one of us."

Bay Area Rapid Transit
01/10/2020

Bay Area Rapid Transit

BART’s General Manager Bob Powers announced today the hiring of Ed Alvarez as Chief of Police and tasked the new chief with immediate changes to increase officer presence on board trains and other strategies to reduce crime on the system and improve the rider experience.

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 and was previously the Deputy Chief in charge of the Support Services Bureau. The selection is the result of a nationwide search process involving BART's Police Citizen Review Board and Independent Police Auditor.

The appointment is effective immediately and Alvarez is swiftly putting into place new deployment strategies responding to concerns voiced by riders in Customer Satisfaction surveys and the General Manager’s Listening Tour. Changes include:

◾️Beginning Monday, a newly created team of 12 sworn police officers will be dedicated to riding trains in pairs and walking platforms on nights and weekends. This team will supplement the newly approved ambassador program which Alvarez was instrumental in creating and begins February 10, utilizing unarmed non-sworn police staff to prevent and de-escalate problems on board trains. Coupled together, both programs offer 22 police staff dedicated to riding trains, representing a new shift in the deployment strategies of the police department.

◾️Immediate evaluation of patrol staffing to determine the feasibility for the creation of newly assigned fixed post assignments at key stations such as Coliseum, where data shows a high volume of calls for service. The assigned fixed post officer would be responsible for the safety and security of a specific station, opposed to current roving patrols. The fixed post assignments will create greater station ownership and on-going community engagement. The evaluation will include how to improve response times, reduce crime, and increase presence.

◾️Increased visibility and engagement with riders to prevent cell phone snatching, especially between Balboa Park and Powell stations where there has been an uptick in the number of juveniles snatching phones, running to make a quick escape, and selling them along Market Street for cash. In 2019 59% of violent crimes at BART were attributed to electronic thefts. If we are successful in stopping cellphone thefts, the violent crime rate at BART will dramatically drop. 2019 BART crime stats show crime is up 11% with violent crime up 4% compared to 2018.

As Interim Chief of Police, he oversaw the record-breaking acceleration of hiring, outpacing attrition to increase the number of officers available for patrol; the on-going process and commitment to BPD’s prestigious accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA); the improvement of surveillance video recovery time; and the roll out and life-saving deployment of Narcan.

As a BART detective, he investigated, arrested, and helped get the conviction of a human trafficker that targeted a young juvenile. As a sergeant he’s credited with starting the Critical Asset Patrol team that provides additional uniformed presence within the stations and on trains in the core of the BART system which includes the downtown San Francisco and downtown Oakland stations.

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. He understands the needs of the riders and the complexities involved with transit policing. It is Chief Alvarez’s goal to improve engagement between BART police and the public through increased outreach and accessibility.

For more information, read here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2020/news20200110

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12/23/2019

BART Police Department's cover photo

BART police brought some holiday cheer this morning to a grandmother and her two grandkids. Officers met Cynthia and her...
12/19/2019

BART police brought some holiday cheer this morning to a grandmother and her two grandkids. Officers met Cynthia and her grandkids during proof-of-payment inspections at Embarcadero Station. They talked and built a connection over the last few months. They soon learned Cynthia’s daughter suffered a stroke about a year ago and Cynthia is filling the void by taking her 5-year-old and 9-year-old grandkids from San Francisco to Richmond every day so they can continue to go to their school. That’s when Fare Inspector Javier Fregoso along with Officers Donny Davis and Shanna Holmes came up with their plan. They gathered donations with the help of the BART Police Officers Association and surprised the family with gift cards, toys, and BART swag. The donations were a great surprise to the family and put smiles on the faces of the kids. Regular fare inspections in downtown SF are allowing BPD to build better connections with the communities they serve and, in this case, share some holiday joy.

Please join BART Police in welcoming new Officers Abasta, Agustin, and Dandridge - pictured here being sworn in today by...
12/18/2019

Please join BART Police in welcoming new Officers Abasta, Agustin, and Dandridge - pictured here being sworn in today by Interim Chief Alvarez.

On Wednesday, December 11, BART Police held its 9th annual awards ceremony where  BART PD officers and BART transit work...
12/13/2019

On Wednesday, December 11, BART Police held its 9th annual awards ceremony where BART PD officers and BART transit workers were honored for their service and professionalism in protecting BART riders. Awards presented were Good Samaritan, Community Service, Exceptional Case, Civilian of the Year, Officer of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year, Life Saving, and Chief's awards. Additional honors were bestowed upon BPD personnel retiring in 2019 for their service and dedication to law enforcement and BART Police.

On Wednesday, December 11, BART Police held its 9th annual awards ceremony where BART PD officers and BART transit workers were honored for their service and professionalism in protecting BART riders. Awards presented were Good Samaritan, Community Service, Exceptional Case, Civilian of the Year, Officer of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year, Life Saving, and Chief's awards. Additional honors were bestowed upon BPD personnel retiring in 2019 for their service and dedication to law enforcement and BART Police.

Last night, BART Police hosted Shop with a Cop at WalMart in San Leandro on Hesperian Blvd. Children from around the Bay...
12/12/2019

Last night, BART Police hosted Shop with a Cop at WalMart in San Leandro on Hesperian Blvd. Children from around the Bay Area were provided the opportunity to shop for the holidays and interact in a positive and fun-filled Christmas shopping adventure with BART Police, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Federal Police, Oakland Police Department, and Piedmont Police. Chiefs, deputy chiefs, lieutenants, sergeants, officers, police administrative specialists, fare inspectors, and community service officers all volunteered their time to support this wonderful family holiday event. Special thanks go to WalMart for the use of their awesome venue and to BART CSOs Brunker and Smith for all their hard work organizing this rewarding annual event!

Last night, BART Police hosted Shop with a Cop at WalMart in San Leandro on Hesperian Blvd. Children from around the Bay Area were provided the opportunity to shop for the holidays and interact in a positive and fun-filled Christmas shopping adventure with BART Police, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Federal Police, Oakland Police Department, and Piedmont Police. Chiefs, deputy chiefs, lieutenants, sergeants, officers, police administrative specialists, fare inspectors, and community service officers all volunteered their time to support this wonderful family holiday event. Special thanks go to WalMart for the use of their awesome venue and to BART CSOs Brunker and Smith for all their hard work organizing this rewarding annual event!

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