The BART Police Department is has over 296 police personnel, of which 206 are sworn peace officers. BART Police officers are given their powers of arrest from Section 830.33(a) P.C.. Although their powers extend throughout the state, like those of most California peace officers, their primary jurisdiction is on BART property. They can however, take enforcement action for crimes in progress, including traffic infractions, away from BART properties.
Chief of Police Gary Gee commands the department which provides all police services including law enforcement, parking, and community relations. To prepare for major emergencies, critical incidents, and tactical responses, the department is part of the Bay Area’s mutual aid pacts and maintains teams for special operations such as tactical response and crisis negotiation.
Specialized assignments include field training officer, K-9 Handler, SWAT operator, detective, bicycle patrol, personnel and training officer, applicant background investigator, crime analyst, administrative traffic officer, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) investigator, and undercover anti-vandalism and special-enforcement teams.
During BART’s first 13 years of revenue service, police officers reported the transit district’s headquarters in Oakland. In 1985, a team of officers was assigned to report to the Concord transportation facility, where a police field office was established. By not having to travel the 20 miles between Oakland and Concord, the officers were able to patrol their beats longer and become more familiar with the community. BART riders, station agents, and train operators benefited from having more police presence and interaction with the same officers. This led to three additional field offices within six months.
In July 1993, then-police chief Harold Taylor recommended a comprehensive plan to decentralize the department into four geographical police zones, each with its own headquarters and field offices. Zone commanders would be given personnel, equipment, and resources to manage their respective police operations. A peer-review panel, which included four police chiefs and the safety-audit administrator from the American Public Transportation Association, gave Chief Taylor’s plan its endorsement, along with other recommendations on how the BART police could work more closely with other transit employees, communities, businesses, and schools that the transit district serves.
Today, there are BART police facilities and field offices in Oakland, Concord, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg/Bay Point, El Cerrito, Dublin/Pleasanton, Castro Valley, San Leandro, Hayward, San Francisco, Colma, and San Bruno. Police command-level officers provide input to planners for BART’s future extensions to Warm Springs and Santa Clara County.
DEPUTY PERMANENT SECRETARY ATTENDS THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 44TH ASEAN MINISTERIAL MEETING / POST MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE / 18TH ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM IN BALI, INDONESIA.(Conference news)
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DEPUTY PERMANENT SECRETARY MET WITH THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF INDONESIA DURING THE 44TH ASEAN MINISTERIAL MEETING / POST MINISTERIAL MEETING AND 18TH ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM AT BALI, INDONESIA.
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