People of BART PD
BART Chief of Police - Ed Alvarez
On January 10, 2020, Ed Alvarez was appointed BART Chief of Police. He had been serving as interim chief since May 2019. Prior to that, he had served as the Support Services Deputy Chief.
Alvarez began his law enforcement career with the BART Police Department in 1998 after graduating from the Oakland Police Department’s 140th Basic Recruit Academy. He has since worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, FBI Human Trafficking Task Force, Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Sergeant and CAP Team Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011 and has since managed several units within the Support Services Bureau which includes Communications, Revenue Protection, Records, Property, Traffic, Vehicle Maintenance and Administrative Services. He has also been a Zone Commander, Watch Commander, and Field Training Coordinator.
Chief Alvarez is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University along with an Associate of Arts Degree from Chabot College in Administration of Justice. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Deputy Chief - Lance Haight
Deputy Chief Lance Haight was appointed Deputy Chief for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department on October 24, 2016. He is currently assigned as the Operations Deputy Chief.
He began his law enforcement career with BART Police in 1997 and has since worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, K-9 Sergeant, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Internal Affairs Lieutenant, and Professional Standards and Training Deputy Chief.
Deputy Chief Haight is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the FBI National Academy, and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, and a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security from American Military University.
Deputy Chief Haight serves in the community through Kops for Kids; a mentoring program to help prevent drug abuse, gangs, and violence by providing athletic, educational, and other programs for at-risk youth. He is also a lifelong supporter and volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.
Deputy Chief - Jeffrey Jennings
Deputy Chief Jeffrey Jennings was appointed to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department on May 20, 2013. Deputy Chief Jennings has commanded the Support and Operations bureaus and currently is assigned to the Professional Standards and Training Bureau. Deputy Chief Jennings has 26 years of law enforcement experience which began at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department where he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Deputy Chief Jennings’ diverse professional assignments include; Bureau of Administrative Services Supervisor in custody services, Sexual Assault Investigations Supervisor, Watch Commander, Civil Unit manager, Communications Center Director and Police Chief for the City of Orinda.
Deputy Chief Jennings attended San Francisco State University and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at CSU Sacramento. He earned a graduate degree with a Master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University where he finished with High Honors.
Deputy Chief Jennings attended the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and his professional affiliations include membership in the National Organization Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Alliance on Mentally Ill (NAIMI) and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA).
For nearly 20 years, Deputy Chief Jennings was actively involved in coaching youth basketball and track in city leagues, AAU and high school. He has three daughters, two recently graduated from CSU Sacramento and one is in her freshmen year at CSU Sacramento.
Deputy Chief - Angela Averiett
Deputy Chief Angela Averiett is a Bay Area native with 24 years of experience in, and devotion to the policing profession. She excelled through the ranks in two different contemporary police agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is currently deputy chief of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department—a 200-officer, full service police department which protects the 432,000 daily riders of one of the most multi-faceted and community-oriented transit systems in the country. Averiett brings to the BART system a wealth of community-oriented policing experience to help connect the BART police not only to its ridership, but also to hundreds of communities across five Bay Area counties which rely on the system and are affected by its presence.
Averiett is well-known for her ability to build trust-based relationships in the communities she has served. The bulk of her policing career, prior to her arrival at BART PD in 2019, was dedicated to the people of Hayward, California—an urban city of 160,000 in the San Francisco East Bay Area. At Hayward, she worked patrol and traffic unit assignments. Averiett served as an advisor to the Explorer Program and was program coordinator for the Peer Support Team. She was promoted to sergeant in 2008, where she was assigned to the special duty (gang) unit, patrol division, and the district attorney liaison. She was promoted to lieutenant in 2014, where she was assigned to the patrol division, district command and internal affairs units. Averiett also managed the Honor Guard team and was the assistant team leader on the Crisis (Hostage) Negotiations Team.
Throughout her entire policing tenure, Averiett has thrived on tackling complex neighborhood problems by combining creative community policing strategies with inclusive community relationships and consistent engagement. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Barbershop Forum, an organization comprised of law enforcement, community activists, and returning citizens. The Barbershop Forum—featured in televised coverage nominated for an Emmy award—provides an inclusive platform for raw, mutually-transparent, and productive between law enforcement and the communities they serve—particularly communities of color. It is through this important community focused work that Averiett and the members of the Forum received a 2017 “Heroes” award from the District Attorney of Alameda County, and a 2019 Community Service Award from the Southern Alameda County NAACP. Through her leadership of many community-based initiatives and strategies, Averiett is also well-versed in a variety of quality-of-life issues, including the communal effects of poverty and homelessness. The problem-solving efforts she has led in these areas are not only a testament to her ability to gain trust and compliance from the least empowered, but also her savviness in navigating highly charged political environments.
Averiett received her bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from the prestigious St Mary’s College of California. She has also participated in many leadership courses, including the Alameda County Leadership Academy and LAPD Leadership Program. With a 10-year tenure as a hostage negotiator, she currently serves as the Vice President of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN). She was the Parliamentarian of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Recently, the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) selected Averiett to serve as one of 11 subject matter experts on a committee tasked with drafting use-of-force guidelines now mandated by AB392.
In her spare time, Angela trains for the yearly Police Unity Tour, a 300-mile bike ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. to honor police officers killed in the line of duty.
Lt. Gwendolyn Brady
Lt. Tanzanika Carter
Zone 2 Commander
Lt. Kevin Franklin
Lt. Gina Galetti
Zone 4 Commander
Lt. Randall Gregson
Lt. Mike Hayes
Lt. Paul Kwon
Personnel and Training
Lt. Neil Rafanan
Lt. Ja'Son Scott
Zone 3 Commander
Lt. Jaswant Sekhon
Lt. Christopher Vogan
Lt. Nathan Weissich
Zone 1 Commander