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Bureaus and Divisions


The Support Services Bureau provides the day-to-day resources and support necessary for an efficient, effective, and well managed Department. It is comprised of several units, which provide administrative support and a myriad of services to the Department. Divisions/units within the Bureau include: 911 Communications Center, Budget and Payroll, Criminal Investigations Division, Police Fleet Management, Property and Evidence, Records, and Warrants.


Whether a 911 call to the communications center, a request for a report, or working with a vendor to ensure personnel have the equipment and resources necessary to fulfill the mission of BART PD, the staff of the Support Services Bureau work to professionally represent the Department in keeping with BART PD’s Core Values: Integrity, Service, Accountability, Professionalism, and Diversity.


The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for conducting follow-up investigations, seeking criminal complaints, preparing search warrants, and interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspected criminals. The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of a lieutenant, a sergeant, detective officers, a crime analyst, and two video recovery community service officers.


The Personal and Training Bureau is responsible for recruitment, hiring, and training. BART PD has developed its training to be both progressive and innovative. Annual advanced officer training includes the following courses: Arrest and Control, Defensive Tactics, Fair and Impartial Policing, First Aid and CPR, Impact Weapons, Reality Based Scenarios, and Taser.


In order to best serve BART customers and employees, the Police Department has adopted a Zone Geographical Policing Structure. There are six zones, each of which has a unique character and needs. A lieutenant commands each one of the six patrol zones, with a team of patrol sergeants, police officers and community service officers who are all responsible and accountable for providing 24/7 service to their areas within the BART District. Zone policing improves police services by identifying specific problems for more diligent responses.

The Operations Bureau also includes K9, Critical Asset Protection (CAP) team, Revenue Protection, and Traffic units.


The Bureau of Progressive Policing and Community Engagement’s mission is to engage the BART Police Department in leading transparent, equitable, and innovative policing practices to improve public safety across the diverse communities in which we serve. We are committed to rebuilding trust and nurturing relationships between our communities and law enforcement through a culture of accountability, responsibility, and collaboration.


The Progressive Policing and Community Engagement Bureau includes the Transit Ambassadors, Crisis Intervention and Community Outreach Unit, and Community-Oriented Policing Division.


  • The best training, community outreach skills, and award-winning policing techniques
  • State-of-the art safety equipment
  • Resources to solve real-life problems

our hiring process

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
Candidates need to be 20 to apply and attend the academy 21 at the time of swearing in
  • 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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