0riginally by: abc7news.com
9th February 2011
BART invited the media to see some of the profound changes underway in its police officer training. This comes in the wake of the shooting death of un-armed passenger Oscar Grant in 2009, by former BART officer Johannes Mehserle. BART police of all ranks, department civilians, and employees from other departments attended Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) training. It is part of a long list of changes that were recommended.
BART officers get some basic community policing training in the academy. This program goes further with a whole philosophy and strategy, not just about relationships, but also turning attention beyond the scope of traditional police work.
“Fundamentally, we’re changing the way we’re doing business from here on out,” said BART Police Lt. Frank Lucarelli.
The idea behind it is that it is everyone’s responsibility to make the system safer and it’s not just about traditional police work, but quality of life issues as well.
“We took reports and now we have to start paying attention to some of these things that you guys wrote here that will help all of us make a safer transit system,” said one of the trainers.