Citizen Review Board Overview
The Citizen Review Board shall have the authority to exercise its duties and responsibilities as outlined in the BART Citizen Oversight Model, with regard to law enforcement and police activities or personnel operating under the authority of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
Members of the CRB will work to to increase the public’s confidence in BART’s policing services by:
- Reviewing, recommending and monitoring the implementation of changes to police policies, procedures & practices
- Receiving citizen allegations of on-duty police misconduct
- Advising Board of Directors, General Manager, Independent Police Auditor and Police Chief
- Participating in recommending appropriate disciplinary action
- Meeting periodically with representatives of the BART Police associations
- Participating in community outreach
Contact the Citizen Review Board
The best way to get in contact with the CRB is to come to a monthly meeting; information about these meetings is posted below. You can also contact the CRB through the BART Office of the Independent Police Auditor – go to www.bart.gov/policeauditor for contact information.
File a Complaint or a Commendation Regarding the BART Police Department
If you have a complaint against a member of the BART Police Department, you may use the following form to submit it:
BPD Complaint Form - English
BPD Complaint Form - Spanish
BPD Complaint Form - Korean
BPD Complaint Form - Chinese
BPD Complaint Form - Vietnamese
If you would like to make a commendation about a member of the BART Police Department, you may use the following form to submit it:
BPD Commendation Form - English
BPD Commendation Form - Spanish
BPD Commendation Form - Korean
BPD Commendation Form - Chinese
BPD Commendation Form - Vietnamese
Meet the Citizen Review Board
There are eleven members of the CRB:
Benjamin L. Douglas - (BART District 1)
Ben Douglas was appointed to the Citizen Review Board in March 2011 by BART Director Gail Murray.
Douglas is a securities lawyer specializing in investment management.
Douglas received his B.A., Master's in Public Policy and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In college, he served as a volunteer criminal court investigator in Berkeley. In law school, he worked as a researcher in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice and as a research and editorial assistant for the book Above the Law: Police and the Excessive Use of Force (1993).
Sukari Beshears - (BART District 2)
Biography will be posted when available.
William C. White - (BART District 3)
William C. White was appointed to BART’s Citizen’s Review Board in March 2011 representing District 3, By BART’s former Board President Bob Franklin and has been since reappointed by Director Rebecca Saltzman. The Stations he represents are Bay Fair, Downtown Berkeley, Hayward, North Berkeley, Rockridge, San Leandro of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
He has served as the Staff Accountant of the Alumnae Association of Mills College, Business Manager for the California Shakespeare Theatre and Director of Operation for the Berkeley YMCA. He is currently a small business owner in Emeryville California.
Mr. White has served as a City of Berkeley Commissioner on the Cable Television Board, Personnel Board and from 1996 to 2013 sat on Police Review Commission (PRC) where he served as Chair three different terms.
Mr. White has also given leadership as Board Chair of Building Opportunity for Self Sufficiency (BOSS), Chair of Berkeley Salvation Army Advisory Board, Board Member of the South Berkeley YMCA, member of the Berkeley Lions Club and Past President of the Alameda Flying Club and Board Member of the Bay Area Black Pilots Association (BABPA).
Mr. White attended Florida A & M University earning a BFA in Fine Arts with a Business Administration Minor.
Darren A. White - (BART District 4)
Biography will be posted when available.
Douglas N. Hambleton - (BART District 5)
Doug Hambleton was appointed to the Citizen’s Review Board by Director John McPartland to represent District #5, which includes the cities of Castro Valley (partial), Dublin, Hayward (partial), Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, Danville (partial) and San Ramon. He is a lifelong resident of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Hambleton had a distinguished career with the Berkeley Police Department, starting as a Trainee in 1975 while he was a student at U.C. Berkeley. He promoted through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 2005 and retired in 2009 after 34 years of service.
He is very familiar with police civilian review, having worked with Berkeley’s Police Review Commission throughout his career. Hambleton brings his experience, knowledge, commitment to high professional standards and understanding of civilian review to the work of the BART Police Citizen Review Board.
Hambleton holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a graduate of the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Supervisory Leadership Institute and the POST Command College.
Les Mensinger - (BART District 6)
Les Mensinger was selected to the BART Police Citizens Review Board on March 10, 2011, and represents the 6th District which includes Fremont, Newark, Union City and South Hayward. Mr. Mensinger serves as Sergeant of Arms during the Board meetings and on subcommittees of Training and Policy.
Mr. Mensinger has worn several different hats in his long and distinguished career. As a combat veteran in Vietnam he learned leadership, as well as confronting important decisions. Mr. Mensinger excelled in the business world as a manager of sales and brings over 35 years with a strong background in excellent customer service. Mr. Mensinger has completed two citizens police academies and volunteered for the C.A.R.E. and HAPP programs with the Fremont Police Department where he learned a working knowledge of police procedures and policies.
Mr. Mensinger serves as 2nd Vice Commander for the American Legion, Post 837. He is the District 10 Chairman of the American Legion Boys' State program and holds a board position on the California Boys' State Foundation. His past committees include the Fremont General Plan, the Fremont 4th of July parade, the Fremont 50th Celebration and has coached for Fremont Football.
Mr. Mensinger lives with his wife in Fremont.
Sharon Anne Kidd - (BART District 7)
Recently appointed to BART’s Citizen Oversight Board, Sharon Kidd brings 20+ years of extensive and dedicated public service to local East Bay communities, helping at-risk youths and older, underprivileged inner city residents in Oakland, CA and Berkeley, CA.
Sharon’s dedication to helping others has been extensive, fruitful and worthwhile. She currently serves on several community boards in a leadership capacity, including Public Works Commission for the City of Berkeley as Commissioner, the Afro-American Advisory Committee on Crime for the City of Oakland as President and as a Member of the Alameda County Advisory Commission on Aging (ACA). She also served as Commissioner for the Police Review Commission for the City of Berkeley for five plus years and has been an Honorary Advisory member of ‘PUEBLO’ (People United for a Better Oakland), a multi-ethnic, multi-issue community membership organization. She also is the first ‘African-American’ Woman to become a member of the historical ‘Berkeley Breakfast Club.
Sharon also serves on several national associations, including the National Association of Black Military Women, Black Woman Organized for Political Action and National Association for Civilian Oversight for Law Enforcement. Throughout her years of community service, she has managed dozens of motivated workers and volunteers to excel in local causes.
Sharon’s contributions have not gone unnoticed by the local and national authorities. She has been recognized for her contributions on numerous occasions, mostly recently by the Social Security Administration with the agency’s Certificate of Recognition for Excellent Service to the Community as well as by State Senator Mark Leno for her work helping less fortunate San Francisco youth. Sharon was recognized and represented nationally by former Secretary of State Colin Powell in recognition of excellent dedication and service to the community during her 24 years of employment with Morgan Stanley.
Sharon, who is profiled in Deborah Jenkins critically acclaimed book Massive Abundance: How to Create Passion, Purpose and Prosperity in Your Life 2002, has earned a MA in Public Administration from The University of San Francisco (USF) a degree that complements her undergraduate degree from USF in Psychology and Social Welfare. Sharon has also been featured in an article that investigates youth violence in Oakland in the April 2007 edition of American City Magazine.
A lifelong resident of Berkeley, CA, Sharon enjoys reading, writing and surrounding herself with interesting, eclectic people.
Ken Jones (BART District 8)
A thirty year community organizer and a Viet Nam Veteran, Ken Jones has served at the forefront of rapidly changing cultural norms. During his eight years in the U.S. Navy, mostly at sea on Destroyers and Patrol Gunboats; the last two years of his service were spent as a Race Relations Officer working to change the Navy shipboard culture as opportunities for African Americans were being expanded from just “housekeeping” and “kitchen” duties. Mr. Jones was the first African American to serve as Chair and President of the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration Committee as well as one of the initial core volunteers at the Kaposi’s Sarcoma Research and Education Foundation which would later become the San Francisco AIDS Foundation where he managed their core of 2,500 diverse volunteers. Mr. Jones has facilitated hundreds of small groups, from community organizations to leadership training seminars, to address the “elephant in the room” problem that so often inhibits the potential growth and health of organizations and socio-political movements.
Presently in pre-retirement, Mr. Jones works with couples in planning their San Francisco weddings and performs their unique wedding ceremony at San Francisco’s favorite tourist outdoor locations. Mr. Jones recently completed his tenth year of service on the Deacons’ Board of the City of Refuge Community Church in San Francisco where he Chairs the Hospital Visitation Team and the Intercessory Prayer Team.
George D. Perezvelez - (BART District 9)
Board member George David Perezvelez currently serves/d as the Chair of the CRB for the 2011-2012 term. Mr. Perezvelez lives in Berkeley California after moving to the Bay Area from Atlanta Georgia ten years ago. Mr. Perezvelez is a Veteran Naval Officer after serving in the US Submarine fleet. Mr. Perezvelez currently works as a Director of Operations/ General Manager for a Restaurant Group in San Francisco. Chair Perezvelez brings to the CRB eleven years of police oversight experience from community and oversight programs in Boston, MA, Atlanta, GA and The Bay Area. Mr. Perezvelez is also the current Chair of the Berkeley Police Review Commission as well as a past member of the Berkeley Commission on Labor. As a Police Review Commissioner, Mr. Perezvelez has been involved in policy recommendations on various subcommittees including Office Involved Shootings, Use of Force, Crowd Control, Mutual Aid Pacts as well as continuously serving as a member on Boards of Inquiry on misconduct allegations against Police officers. Mr. Perezvelez is currently an executive Board member for the Stonewall Democrats, a socio-political action group lobbying for equality for all LGBT Americans. Further, Chair Perezvelez maintains memberships in various organizations like the ACLU, Sierra Club, Latino Justice Pride, Human Rights Campaign, Alliance for Justice, Out4immigration.org and The National Council of La Raza. Mr. Perezvelez is also a writer for the Examiner on social issues of interest for the county of Alameda under the heading of “the Alameda County Progressive.”
Cydia A. Garrett - (Public-At-Large)
Biography will be posted when available.
Richard M. Knowles - (BART Police Officers Association and BART Police Managers Association)
Biography will be posted when available.
Meeting Location and Time
The CRB usually meets in the BART Board Room, which is located in the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, Third Floor, 344 20th Street, Oakland, CA. Regular meetings are generally scheduled for the second Monday of each month at 4:00pm. In case of an occasional change to the meeting schedule and/or meeting location, it is advisable to check the agenda of the meeting you plan to attend. Agendas are posted below prior to each meeting, as well as on the "Agenda & Minutes" section of the Board of Directors' webpage.
Download the Citizen Review Board's Bylaws
Download the Citizen Review Board's Reports to the BART Board of Directors:
October 9, 2012 Report to Board of Directors
2012 4th Quarter Report
2013 1st Quarter Report
2013 2nd Quarter Report
BART 2013 3rd qrt (Final)
BART 2013 4th qrt-final
BART 2013 annual rpt.3.10
BART 2014 1st qrt-final
BART 2014 2nd qrt-final