OAKLAND (KCBS) – Bay Area Rapid Transit staff and the agency’s police officers are being trained in the concept of community policing, all part of the ongoing reforms in the wake of the Oscar Grant shooting.
BART officers, staff and members of the community are learning to work together in groups as they are trained by a police captain in Southern California, who is an expert on the concept.
Community policing calls for close contact between officers and the community.
KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:
BART Police Lieutenant Frank Lucarelli said there’s no reason it can’t be adopted for a public transit system.
“I hope that we get a good foundation and an idea of what community-oriented policing is,” Lucarelli said. “From there, it’s incumbent upon our leaders here in the organization and our supervisors to take it one step forward and to really adopt some tactics and strategies to deal with crime prevention and fear of crime.”
Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a BART officer on New Year’s Day, 2009, changing the way the transit agency does police business.
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