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Interim Chief of Police - Kevin Franklin



Born in Oakland, a life-long BART-rider and Bay Area resident, Kevin Franklin was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police on May 2, 2023 to lead the BART Police Department during the transition phase to the next Chief. Kevin began his law enforcement career in 1989 at the Oakland Police Department. After transferring to the BART Police Department in 1996, Kevin had the opportunity to work in a variety of assignments as a BART Police Officer including patrol, SWAT, Honor Guard, data analysis, and was involved as an instructor for many of the subjects in the Department’s training programs.

Promoted to Deputy Chief in 2020, Kevin was assigned to lead the Operations Bureau for the majority of his time as a Deputy Chief. As a Lieutenant, Kevin worked as a member of the Department’s Command Staff at a time where the Department implemented sweeping changes as the result of reforms which resulted from the tragic death of Oscar Grant. While serving as the District’s Manager of Security Programs from 2011 through 2018, Kevin worked to implement smart security strategies and provided leadership for infrastructure hardening efforts throughout the BART District. As a recognized leader in transit security, Kevin is involved with the American Public Transit Association where he assists with development of recommended practices for securing transit systems in the United States and Canada.

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University. Additionally, Kevin is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy (Session 236) and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Policing.

Outside of work Kevin gives back to the community through volunteer work with local youth programs including Scouting.

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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