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BART Police Chief Announces Parole Search Changes After Sgt.'s Death

January 28, 2014  | 

Photo: BART
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BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey announced this afternoon that the BART Police Department is revamping the way it conducts residential parole searches and arrest warrants, reports SF Weekly.

The change comes nearly a week after BART Police Sgt. Tom Smith was shot to death by fellow cop Officer Michael Maes as the two conducted a probation search at a Dublin, Calif., apartment.

Smith leaves behind his wife Kellie -- who is also a Bay Area Rapid Transit cop -- and his 6-year-old daughter.

After that incident, Rainey decided that, effective immediately, all planned residential parole and probation searches, search warrants, or Ramey warrants must have the written approval of the Deputy Chief for Patrol Operations or his designee before they are executed.

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Comments (4)

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Clay Anderson @ 1/28/2014 7:29 PM

Great job Chief instead of enforcing the law you have decided to red tape the problem away. How about you figure our exactly what happend and let all of us know. Then train and take whatever steps are necessary to prevent future incidents. Don't stop policing, that is noway to honor Sgt. Smith. I have been doing this job for 29 years now and like most chief's you fail to see your responsibility in this situation. If your people are trained, equipped or properly supervised while carrying out their mission that falls on your shoulders! It was a blue on blue shooting and that means it could have been prevented with proper training and procedures in place. I could have you all wrong because I don't have all seeing vision of course but the article is all I have to go on at this time. Exactly how you think having a deputy chief give his or her stamp of approval is going to prevent future incidents?

ColCBP @ 1/29/2014 8:41 AM

I would question why Bay Area Rapid Transit officers are doing parole and probation checks. Perhaps that's why now senior leadership have to approve work outside BART norms.

Dave @ 1/29/2014 9:18 AM

Well said Clay.

CJ @ 1/29/2014 3:10 PM

@ColCBP; BART police were doing the search as they had a suspect in custody who was on parole that had committed a number of robberies of patrons on BART property and were going to the suspect's residence to conduct a search for items connecting him to the robberies; they were accompanied by sheriff's detectives during the entry/search.

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