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BART's top cop lays out reform plans

"I want to build the most progressive police department in America," said Alvarez (shown in uniform).
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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Chief Ed Alvarez recently laid out his plans for transforming the San Francisco Bay Area's police department into a "progressive" transit security force.

"I want to build the most progressive police department in America," Alvarez said in the article published on BART's website.

Alvarez said the force will add 40 new employees and training that goes beyond state standards.

The article said Alvarez also has prioritized working with the BART Police Department Citizen Review Board and the Office of the Independent Police Auditor, two civilian oversight bodies that provide another layer of accountability.

“We all have the same goal of making sure BART is safe for the riding public and our employees,” Alvarez said. “We need to be treating all people fairly and equitably.”

Read the full article here.