Eleven citizens first to be empowered with oversight of BART Police
Eleven Bay Area residents have just been given an important new job; Provide oversight of BART Police for customers and the community.
Moments ago, the BART Board of Directors delivered on its promise to provide one of the strongest models of citizen oversight of any police department in California by ratifying an 11 member Citizen Review Board. The Citizen Review Board will have the authority to provide BART riders and the public with transparency and input into BART’s policing services.
MEMBERS TO START WORK FOLLOWING TRAINING, BACKGROUND CHECKS
The eleven members of the Citizen Review Board were selected from a pool of about 40 candidates and will report directly to the BART Board of Directors. After receiving training and passing the required background checks, the members will begin their mission 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
The eleven members of the Citizen Review Board are:
- Angeli, Sue - Pleasant Hill (Police Union)
- Barnett, Peter D. - Oakland (District 4)
- Beshears, Sukari - Pittsburg (District 2)
- Douglas, Benjamin L. - Lafayette (District 1)
- Hambleton, Douglas N. - Danville (District 5)
- Jones, Ken, San Francisco (District 8)
- Kidd, Sharon Anne - Berkeley (District 7)
- Mensinger, Les - Fremont (District 6)
- Perezvelez, George D. - Berkeley (District 9)
- White, William C. - Oakland (District 3)
- Scaife, Jennifer - Berkeley (At Large)
The BART Board is in the final stages of hiring a Police Auditor and therefore is not yet ready to finalize a date to announce its selection.
Stay tuned to www.bart.gov, which will have the most up-to-date information regarding the members of the Citizen Review Board and the reaction from the BART Board of Directors. You can also watch live streaming video of the Board of Directors on BARTtv News by visiting www.bart.gov/board.
Learn more (.pdf) about how the BART Board of Directors selected the eleven members Citizen Review Board.