New! BART Police Department Releases Comprehensive Report
Find out lots of data about the BART PD, including crime statistics; the chain of command structure; demographic makeup of the department; and information about many of the available services.
It's all in one handy report that includes 24 pages chock-full of information.
You can learn about the history of the department; its jurisdiction; how the department is structured for geographic zoned policing; and find many examples of the community-oriented policing and problem-solving philosophy in practice.
Find out about the people of the BART PD and their commitment to protect and serve. Download the report now.
Check out our employment section or join us at an upcoming recruitment event (see calendar below)
BART Police is a progressive agency and has been on the forefront – and in some cases the model approach – to training in the areas of fair and impartial policing, bias-based policing, crisis intervention, cultural competence training, and de-escalation training.
The annual training provided to BART police officers exceeds the standards set by California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). POST requires 24 hours of advanced officer training every 24 months, and BART police officers are trained for a minimum of 24 hours every year.
In fact, BPD was the first California agency to have POST-certified instructors for Fair and Impartial Policing training. BART proactively gave the training to our officers before it was required. POST recognized our training as best practice, and has since made a modified version of the training to be a statewide requirement.
All BART officers undergo crisis intervention training, community-oriented policing training, and fair and impartial policing training. Also, all patrol officers and sergeants use body-worn cameras, one of the first police departments in California to do so.
Additionally, BART Police are participating with Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) as a pilot agency to develop de-escalation training to be used throughout the country.
BART Police Explorer Program
The BART PD Explorer Post 413 is currently recruiting young men and women from the ages of 14-20 to join the Explorer training program. Our Explorers are a voluntary organization that helps the youth from our community to be trained by Police Officers in aspects of Law Enforcement, Leadership, and Community Service. Explorers will perform a wide variety of non-enforcement duties to assist the BART Police Department. The Explorers come from all communities in the East and West Bay and work in the Bay area communities.
Involvement in this program is great for listing on resumes and college applications. Participants can also recieve credit for schools that require community service hours for graduation.
For more information, please contact Sgt. William Spears at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vision, Core Values and Mission
To be the leader in innovative policing, establishing BART as the safest transit system in the nation.
The mission of the BART Police Department is to ensure a safe environment within our transit system, reduce crime through a highly visible police presence, and proactive enforcement of the law, and to promote public confidence by working in partnership with our stakeholders and the communities we serve.
Integrity We inspire trust and carry ourselves in a manner that demonstrates the highest levels of honesty, ethics, and moral conduct.
Service Placing service above self, we work in partnership with the community serving with pride, courage, and compassion.
Accountability We take ownership of our duties, remaining answerable to the public and accountable to the laws, rules, policies and procedures that govern and guide us.
Professionalism We are committed to conduct and performance reflective of the highest standard of personal and organizational excellence.
Diversity We acknowledge and embrace the diversity in our communities we serve and strive to ensure diversity is reflected in all levels of our organization.
Calendar of Events
1/6/17 Oakland's Three Wiseman Toy Giveaway
We partner with other local community groups to donate 2000 toys to the low income children residing in the Fruitvale community.
1/28/17 Old Mans Park Homeless BBQ in Oakland
This event is a BBQ with free food, donated blankets, clothing and information on resources to the homeless and less fortunate.Thank you BPD staff for donating winter gloves, warm hats, and food for the event.
Valentine's Day Delivery to local Domestic Violence Shelters
BART Police staff delivered baskets with personalized cards and gifts to local domestic violence programs in each of the different BART Police Zones. These shelters are currently helping 147 women and children.
Domestic violence occurs everywhere, even on the BART system. A high percentage of the prohibition orders we issue are related to domestic battery.
Zone 1: A Safe Place-Oakland www.asafeplacedvs.org
Zone 2: STAND! For Families Free of Violence www.standffov.org
Zone 3: Ruby’s Place www.rubysplace.org/wp
Zone 4: La Casa de Las Madres www.lacasa.org
Zone 5: CORA Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse www.corasupport.org
Recruiting Event: 2/18/17 Black College Expo –Laney College
Recruiting Event: 2/22/17 Butte College Police Academy
Recruiting Event: 3/1/17 Sonoma State Career Fair – 11am-4pm
3/2/17 Read Across America
A selection of invited BART officers read stories to students at Searles Elementary School in Union City, explaining the importance of reading and literacy. Part of community policing is involvement in annual events like this one which build on relationships at schools where kids are attending programs like GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training).
3/3/17 Sunshine Preschool Career Day
Detective Medeiros surprised 38 students when he arrived at Sunshine Preschool in Brentwood. Officer Medeiros answered questions from the enthusiastic group. He also passed out gift bags from BART Police which included crime prevention coloring books, junior police stickers and tattoos. The children were interested in all the cool equipment on his uniform, “What’s that? What do you use that for?” Detective Medeiros encouraged the children to listen to their teachers and parents, follow the rules, study hard, grow up to be good citizens and told them to consider becoming part of the law enforcement family when they grow up.
Recruiting Event: 3/3/17 UCSF Jobchella – 11:30am-2:30pm
Recruiting Event: 3/8/17 San Jose State 12:00pm-4pm
3/11/17 BPD's Polar Plunge 11am at Shoreline Beach in Alameda
The BART Police Department has participated in Special Olympics for approximately 25 years, but this is the first time that we’ve created our own PLUNGE and had a team of participants. We'll be plunging into the chilly waters to raise funds for Special Olympics Northern California.
Recruiting Event: 3/16/17 CSU Bakersfield – 10am-2pm
Recruiting Event: 3/22/17 29 Palms Base – 9:30-1pm
Recruiting Event: 3/24/17 Women in Law Enforcement, Merritt College 9am-2pm
Collection of donations for the 2551 San Pablo Avenue fire survivors
The West Oakland fire on March 27th displaced over 80 people, taking 4 lives and hospitalizing several people. The residents had very few options before they moved into the shabby residence at 2551 San Pablo Ave. It was a home to families, the formerly homeless, the working poor, the mentally ill and the physically disabled. This event has adversely affected a very vulnerable community here in Oakland, including over 10 children, who are now without a home and are temporarily staying at the West Oakland Youth Center at 3222 Market Street (at 32nd Street) in Oakland. Due to the severity of the fire, people lost everything they had, so there are some immediate donations needed. 8 Bags of clothing and shoes, 100 pairs of water shoes/flip flops, hygiene kits and bottled water were donated for the survivors.
Officers Carlos Dazhan and Tim Eads received the San Mateo Lions Club award on Friday for heroism involving the 2015 Christmas Day shooting in Hayward when a suspect shot and wounded one officer before he was shot and wounded by another BART officer and taken to the hospital. The suspect now awaits trial in Santa Rita jail. Thank you for keeping our stations and surrounding areas safe!
Feeding the 2551 San Pablo Avenue fire survivors.
6 members of The BART Police Department, including AC J. Jennings and one of our chaplains, delivered and served a hot breakfast for the fire survivors who were being housed at the temporary shelter (West Oakland Youth Center). We also spend time after the breakfast listening to the survivors stories and offering support and recommendations for resources.
Feeding the 2551 San Pablo fire survivors with The Open Door Mission.
The Open Door Mission sponsored this breakfast, but members of the BART Police Department were alongside to serve the food and support the survivors again.
Recruiting Event: 4/5/17 Folsom Lake College Career Fair – Folsom
Tip-a-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics at Claim Jumpers in Concord
GREAT Graduation at Guy Jr. Emanuele Elementary School, Union City
Career Day at San Leandro High School sponsored by the African American Business Council
We brought a group of 5 presenters, 4 from BART Police and one from Bay Area Rapid Transit Procurement Department. The presentation was for Junior and Seniors and allowed an open dialogue between the students and professionals. We were also recruiting for the BART Police Explorer program and received 9 completed interest cards.
Easter Baskets collaboration with the Oakland Police Department and citizen volunteers
BART Police received donations to purchase items to make gift baskets for families in need. We delivered the baskets to the families at The Salvation Army Garden Center in Oakland. Our volunteers also purchased items, including personal hygiene kits, Easter baskets and detergent for over 100 families. Together, we distributed the gifts to the families and children.
Homeless Connect Easter BBQ at Madison Park-Oakland
The Open Door Mission partnered with Agape Presbyterian Church, East Oakland Community Project and the BART Police. Free hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks and all the fixings were provided for anyone who showed up. Resource cards and clothing were provided by BART Police. East Oakland Community Project provided hygiene kits and resource cards. The Open Door Mission organized the event, bringing volunteers, setting up the event as well as giving away free clothing, shoes and detergent.
Recruiting Event: 4/26/17 Veterans Career Fair – SF Vet Memorial Bldg (tentative day) 10am-2pm
Recruiting Event: 4/28/17 Travis AFB Job Fair
Trunk or Treat (Date and BART locations TBD)
This is a free event held at desiganted BART stations and is open to all children 12 years and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Trunk or Treat is much like classic trick or treating. Kids still dress up in a costume and ask for candy, but instead of walking from house to house and encountering strangers or dodging traffic at night, Trunk or Treaters are in a designated area collecting candy, playing games or getting their faces painted. All of these activities take place with their parents/guardians and police officers close by.
Black Friday Safety Awareness Events (BART stations TBD)
Tables will be set up with safety information, focusing on particular crimes that tend to increase during the holiday season, when travelers may be extra busy and distracted. Riders are reminded to stay aware of their surroundings at all times and to keep a close hold on their belongings. The stepped-up police presence will include safety escorts, with tasks such as accompanying shoppers who travel through the pedestrian walkway that connects the station to the nearby shopping center.
Shop with a Cop
Every year, toys and funds are donated to help kids choose toys for the holiday season with local BART police officers.