Progressive Railroading

Newsletter Sign Up
Stay updated on news, articles and information for the rail industry



This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


View Current Digital Issue »


RAIL EMPLOYMENT & NOTICES



Rail News Home Security

6/22/2020



Rail News: Security

BART unveils police reforms


BART General Manager Bob Powers pledged to reallocate $2 million in operating funds to increasing the number of unarmed civilian employees providing presence in the system.
Photo – BART Facebook

advertisement

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) last week announced a series of police reforms, expanded police training and new initiatives to increase the number of unarmed civilian employees providing presence on the San Francisco rail system. 

On June 12, BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez updated the BART Police Department’s (BPD) use-of-force policy to ban the use of carotid control holds. Previously it was only justifiable under circumstances where deadly force was warranted, BART officials said in a press release.

The agency also will:

  • create a community based, anti-racism training course for the BPD; 
  • deploy Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) training to BART’s annual advanced officer training curriculum. ICAT provides police officers with the skills to safely respond to situations involving people who may be experiencing mental health or other crises; and
  • update the BPD’s interactive simulator training tools.

BART General Manager Bob Powers also has pledged to reallocate $2 million in operating funds — originally identified for pandemic enforcement using sworn officers and fare inspectors — to increasing the number of unarmed civilian employees providing presence in the system. 

BART Director Rebecca Saltzman first presented the budget adjustment and now Powers will work with BART’s board to determine if new positions will expand the ambassador program launched last year or another type of social service program.

Employees from eight departments at BART have also begun a year-long Government Alliance on Race and Equity training. The training helps participants gain awareness of the history of race, implicit and explicit bias, and individual, institutional and structural racism. It also helps participants in identifying and addressing racism. 



Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

More News from 6/22/2020