In Oscar Grant‘s wake, BART has been put in the position of requiring the assistance of “outside experts in law enforcement and civil rights” (SFGate commenters?) to perform an overall review of their police department.

The goal is to thoroughly evaluate BART Police Departmental policies and tactics, from recruitment, hiring and training to use of force, investigatory practices and how BART Police handle citizen complaints. This review will identify any changes that BART should make, as well as identify best practices in progressive policing that BART should adopt.

To that end, they’ve put together (PDF) an surprisingly brief RFP for qualified parties. Your response is due by March 31, and goes to Richard Wieczorek. Best of luck to all who enter.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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