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The Bay Area Repid Transit Police Department is re-instating its Police Explorer Post #413 and is
looking for new members! Be one of the first to take part in this renovated program and serve
the BART community and many other communities in the Bay Area. The BART Police
Explorer Program is a youth volunteer program for those within the ages of 14-21 who have an
interest in law enforcement. As an Explorer you will learn about law-enforcement, learn state
laws and local ordinances, written and oral communication, physical fitness, ethical decision
making, conflict mediation, participate in ride-alongs, and much more.


Interested? Please click here to contact us for more information. 


becoming a police explorer

  • Must have completed eighth grade and be within the ages of 14-20 at the time of joining.
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for each course taken, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
  • Minors must have approval of parent or legal guardian.
  • If applicable, must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  • Standing and riding trains for long periods of time.

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


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    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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