As part of sweeping changes taking place within its police department, BART held a reception Friday to dedicate a new office space at its Oakland headquarters, where BART’s first-ever Office of the Independent Police Auditor will be located.
At the reception BART honored Oakland Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson, unveiling a plaque that will be on permanent display that acknowledges his work in sponsoring AB1586, which facilitated the establishment of citizen oversight of BART Police following the tragic officer-involved shooting of passenger Oscar Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, at the Fruitvale BART Station.
On July 16, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law, which becomes effective in January.
The engraving recognizes Swanson for his “Committed stewardship to enact legislation to further protect and serve the interest of the public and customers of the BART system.”
“I am proud of the strides we’ve made to improve BART Police services, and I want to personally thank Assemblymember Swanson for his leadership in helping the BART Board get this important piece of legislation passed,” said BART Board Member Carole Ward Allen.
“I am deeply humbled by this dedication,” Swanson said. “As you know, at times it’s difficult to get things passed in Sacramento, but this bill had the moral high ground.”