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Thursday, June 17, 2010

New BART Police Chief Aims to Keep BART Safe By Riding BART

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:45 AM

click to enlarge Kenton Rainey - BART.GOV
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Kenton Rainey, BART's new chief of police, is a man on the move. After politics forced him out of the top cop job in Fairfield last year, the 51-year old spent less than six months as head of police at the San Antonio Airport before leaping right into the calm waters of BART.

Rainey's top task is to undo the damage done by the Oscar Grant killing. Last week, BART cops were returned their tasers. Step 1, check. Today, Rainey's mission continues. 

Kenton Rainey - BART.GOV
  • Kenton Rainey

Rainey, a career police officer, feels he can do much to soothe tensions between BART Police and its ridership by improving BART cops' visibility. This he intends to do by using the transit system he is sworn to protect as his means get to work. Not every day, but "as often as he can," Rainey will ride BART to work in uniform.

Today -- his second day on the job -- Rainey is scheduled to board a train at Richmond Station at 5:45 a.m. for the quick ride to BART headquarters near Lake Meritt Station in Oakland. Media are invited to ride along with him, but commuters can do so, too. If you see a man in uniform surrounded by cameras, say hello.

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