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Deputy Chief

Gina Galetti

Biography

On January 3, 2022, Gina Galetti was appointed by Chief Edgardo Alvarez to the permanent position of Deputy Chief after serving as the Interim Deputy Chief of the Support Services Bureau.  Deputy Chief Galetti has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, serving with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department, and Sutter County Sheriff’s Department, prior to coming to BART Police in 2010. Gina’s passion for law enforcement began in 2001 when she was a young single mother seeking a career which would help her support her family.  Deputy Chief Galetti has held a variety of assignments throughout her career including animal control officer, Field Training Officer (FTO), internal affairs, CERT team, background investigator, FTO Sergeant, Recruit Training Officer, and Administrative Sergeant. These assignments and leadership roles helped develop her into a strong leader with a unique perspective and a focus on employee wellness.  In November 2018, Gina was promoted to BART Police Lieutenant where in addition to working as a patrol watch commander, she was selected to be the first San Mateo County Zone Commander. In this position, she focused on interdepartmental and external relationships by collaborating with neighboring agencies and stakeholders to improve conditions at the end of the line BART stations and throughout the system. Deputy Chief Galetti led safety demonstrations and presented at many neighborhood meetings, increasing connectivity and safety between BART, local businesses and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Deputy Chief Galetti recognized the need to improve the health and safety of all BART Police employees and to align the department with 21st century policing practices. In 2020, Deputy Chief Galetti spearheaded and later implemented the department’s first Peer Support Team to ensure all employees’ wellness needs were being met. In addition, Deputy Chief Galetti has also managed different mentorship programs, organized physical training regiments for employees, partnered with community groups to organize community safety and training opportunities and participated in fun runs with a focus on law enforcement and community engagement. 

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

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