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Manager of Accreditation

Matthew Cromer


Matthew Cromer was appointed to the position of Manager of Accreditation on March 16, 2015. Born and raised in Contra Costa County, Matt began his career in Law Enforcement as a police explorer with the City of Concord where he was recognized for numerous volunteer hours and the monetary savings of those hours to residents. Matt then became a police intern, followed by being sworn in as a Concord police officer in June 1998. Matt came to BART in April 2000 as a police officer and has since served in various capacities over his 20 years with the BART District.

In 2015, the BART Police Department sought to become an internationally accredited law enforcement agency. Matt was appointed to achieve an Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This project took three years to complete to move the agency into compliance with nearly 400 recognized standards. In May 2018, BART PD became one of only six percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States to achieve accreditation through CALEA, and only one of 17 at the time in the State of California.

Today, Matt works to maintain and refine BART PD’s accreditation program, which is subject to annual audits by the accreditor. Additionally, work is done to meet compliance with new standards which are developed by the accreditor in a progressive landscape. Matt holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Management from California State University, East Bay. Matt is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police held at Boston University.

Matt is the president of the California Police Accreditation Coalition, a non-profit established to promote public safety accreditation as a method to increase the level of professionalism among law enforcement and public safety agencies throughout California and beyond.

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


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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