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competitive hiring incentives and benefits

Salary range $123,801 to $202,718

$87,560 while in Academy $105,831 while on FTO

$15,000 hiring bonus

(Laterals/Academy Grads)


Spouse included – after 15 years of services, 50% after 10 years of service



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Police Dispatcher

Multi-task in a fast-paced environment
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Crisis Intervention Specialist

Crisis Intervention and Outreach
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Fare Inspector Officer

Variety of general fare enforcement duties
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Transit Ambassador

Help provide an added sense of security
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$15,000 signing bonus for laterals and academy graduates

Join a strong team of talented professionals dedicated to their work in a law enforcement department that’s just the right size to get ahead and build your career. Advancement is just waiting to be earned.

The BART Police Department now has new salaries and has streamlined its hiring process. We are offering a $15,000 hiring bonus for laterals and academy graduates ($5,000 upon hire and $10,000 upon completion of the Field Training Program).



The District has entered into agreements with the various counties that BART runs through to use their specialized units on BART property, when necessary. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, San Francisco Sheriff’s Office, and San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office provide specialized units to address critical incidents on BART facilities that are in their counties. Several BART officers are assigned to the Central Contra Costa County SWAT team, which will provide the same services in Contra Costa County. The Central County SWAT team is made up of officers from BART PD, Martinez PD, Pleasant Hill PD, San Ramon PD, and Walnut Creek PD.

BART Police Officer with family

Additional benefits

The police department has numerous benefits that include:

    • Opportunities for double time pay
    • Department of Veterans Affairs OJT Approved Agency/POST- 9/11 GI Bill
    • Veteran’s Preference Program
    • Lifetime medical after 15 years of service, 50% after 10 years of service
    • PERS Classic employees retain their Classic status
    • Educational Reimbursement ($4k per fiscal year)
    • Bilingual extra pay incentive
    • Premier medical, dental, and vision benefits
    • FTO (5% extra pay); K9 unit ($950/mo. extra pay)
    • Other special assignments include: Regional SWAT Team, Detective, JTTF, Background Investigator, Training Officer, Evidence Tech, CAP Team, Narcotics Task Force
    • Training that exceeds POST standards
    • Free BART transportation for employees and dependents
    • Opportunity to work in multiple Bay Area counties and communities


Take care of your family by joining the BART Police family.

Join a strong team of talented professionals dedicated to their work in a law enforcement department that's just the right size to get ahead and build your career.

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Frequently asked Questions

California State Minimum Selection Standards (Per P.O.S.T)

  • The minimum peace officer selection standards are set forth in Government Code Sections 1029, 1031, and 1031.4. Every California peace officer must be:
  • Free from any disqualifications for employment, including felony convictions (GC 1029) 
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States under Federal Law.
  • At least 21 years of age for specified peace officers (GC 1031.4)
  • Fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record
  • Of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or other high school equivalency test approved by CDE, or have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved institution
  • Found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition, including bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer
  • Three (3) or more moving violations within three (3) years prior to the date application
  • Involvement as a driver in two or more chargeable (at fault) collisions within three (3) years to date of application 
  • Integrity: Any material misstatement of fact during any stage of the hiring process
  • Any prior felony conviction
  • Any misdemeanor conviction within three (3) years prior to the date of application 
  • Two (2) or more misdemeanor convictions as an adult 
  • Any adult use or possession of marijuana within 6-months prior to application for employment
  • Use of a hallucinogenic drug within 7 years of application
  • Use of any other illegal drug use as an adult not mentioned above within 3 years of application 
  • Having any outstanding warrant of arrest at time of application 
  • Admission(s) of any act of domestic violence
  • Admission(s) of any criminal act against children

Note: The hiring and background requirements are quite stringent. This is not an all-inclusive list of disqualifying factors, (see BPD Policy 1000 v.2/2/17).

  • Application
  • Written test
  • Physical Agility test
  • Oral board interview
  • Background Investigation (including polygraph) 
  • Chief’s Interview
  • Conditional Job Offer (From Human Resources)
  • Medical exam
  • Psychological exam (Police Officers and Police Dispatchers only)
  • Final Job Offer (From Human Resources)
  • Do an online search for “POST Pellet B practice test”
  • Research the department online
  • Do a ride-a-long (call 510-464-7681 to set up after application has been submitted)
  • Research oral board sample questions online
  • The process takes approximately 3-6 months


The mission of the BART Police Department is to ensure a safe environment within our transit system, reduce crime through a highly visible police presence, and proactive enforcement of the law, and to promote public confidence by working in partnership with our stakeholders and the communities we serve.
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