Carlos Rojas will be BART's new Chief of Police
General Manager Grace Crunican announced today the hiring of Carlos Rojas as Chief of Police, welcoming him to BART from the Santa Ana Police Department, where he served as Chief for five years and as an officer since 1990.
Rojas brings 27 years of extensive experience and leadership in community policing. He is not only an advocate but also an educator in Community Oriented Policing practices, having trained the discipline to national police forces in Central America and having taught and mentored college students on the subject. He also brings a wealth of Homeland Security expertise and knowledge to the District.
"The police department has been moving in the right direction, and I am confident that our new chief will accelerate our efforts to increase the visibility of police officers on our trains and in our stations," said General Manager Grace Crunican. "I have asked the new chief to focus attention on our police recruitment practices to ensure the department is able to hire a full complement of officers.”
BART's Citizen Review Board participated in the hiring of the new police chief.
"Chief Rojas is a great choice and I'm confident he will provide strong leadership as the Department's new Chief," said Cydia Garrett, the groups' chairperson.
Rojas is a recipient of multiple law enforcement Medals of Valor, and is bilingual in English and Spanish. He holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach, with additional professional training at the FBI National Academy. He is BART’s first Latino Chief of Police.
BART’s offer is contingent upon Rojas’ successful completion of psychological exams and a satisfactory background check, which could take up to 30 days to complete. His start date is still to be determined but will likely be sometime in late May or early June.