New BART Top Cop Leading By Example

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    NBC Bay Area
    New BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey wore his uniform to work in an effort to underline his commitment to furthering the transit agency's reforms.

    It's only his second day on the new job but already, BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey is laying out his top priorities and leading by example.

    Rainey, the former Fairfield police chief, headed to work in his uniform Thursday in an effort to underline his commitment to furthering the transit agency's reforms, one of which is to increase officer visibility on trains.

    Agency officials announced in a statement this week a "new era of change" with the hiring of Rainey and said this morning's uniformed trip will be an example of his commitment to the goals laid out by public opinion and the BART Police Department Review Committee.

    "Going Forward," Rainey said in a statement, "my immediate goals are to improve public safety and increase police visibility on the trains, strengthen and empower out organizational leaders so they can work toward making BART the safest metropolitan system possible."

    Rainey also plans to build trust with the community and make sure police practices and policies are regularly updated.

    Rainey takes over the position as a Los Angeles jury hears arguments in the murder case against former BART officer Johannes Mehserle, who shot and killed unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009 at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland. The shooting touched off riots in Oakland and left a permanent scar on the agency's police force.