Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA)
How to File a Complaint:
If you would like to file a complaint, please call (510) 874-7477. You may also fill out a complaint form – see below. Although a form is not required to initiate a complaint, a completed form will contain much information that is needed to conduct a thorough investigation.
Complaint Process | OIPA Informational Brochure
You may also file a complaint with the BART Police Citizen Review Board by making a public comment at one of their meetings. Or you can file a complaint with the BART Police Department Office of Internal Affairs by calling (877) 679-7000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every individual regardless of religion, race, immigration or documentation status, or national origin should feel safe to seek and obtain assistance from OIPA. You can file a complaint if you are not a citizen and regardless of your immigration status.
OIPA Contact Information:
BART Office of the Independent Police Auditor
Russell G. Bloom, Independent Police Auditor
Patrick J. Caceres, Independent Police Investigator
Sarah Celso, Senior Administrative Analyst
Interpretive services are available by calling BART Language Assistance Services at (510) 464-6752.
Mission & Duties:
It is OIPA's mission to provide all members of the public with effective and independent oversight of the BART Police Department by conducting unbiased and thorough independent investigations and reviews of police department investigations, making policy recommendations to improve the performance of the police department, and maintaining continual communication with members of the public in the BART service area.
As defined by the BART Citizen Oversight Model adopted by the BART Board of Directors, OIPA is charged with a number of specific duties. Among them are the following:
May accept and investigate any complaint of misconduct
Any person may file a complaint
Monitor and review BART Police Department Interal Affairs Bureau investigations
Provide a mediation option for resolving some complaints
Respond to the scene of officer-involved shooting incidents and monitor the ensuing BART Police Department investigation