BART Police launch ‘patrol desks’ at Powell and Civic Center for extra holiday assistance

A new security idea is being tested at two of BART’s highest-traffic stations this holiday season. BART Police “patrol desks” will be staffed intermittently throughout the day, to provide easily-accessible assistance for those in need.

“There are two main goals,” said Lt. Ed Alvarez, who implemented the plan in coordination with BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey. “First, it’s friendly. We want people to feel like they can approach us, whether it’s asking directions or just saying hello. It’s also a visual deterrent to crime.”

Common crimes that BART Police encounter at Powell and Civic Center stations include aggressive panhandlers or scammers trying to sell fake BART tickets.

If successful, BART patrol desks will be installed at other stations down the line.

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