On January 10, 2020, Ed Alvarez was appointed BART Chief of Police. He had been serving as interim chief since May 2019. Prior to that, he had served as the Support Services Deputy Chief.
Alvarez began his law enforcement career with the BART Police Department in 1998 after graduating from the Oakland Police Department’s 140th Basic Recruit Academy. He has since worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, FBI Human Trafficking Task Force, Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Sergeant and CAP Team Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011 and has since managed several units within the Support Services Bureau which includes Communications, Revenue Protection, Records, Property, Traffic, Vehicle Maintenance and Administrative Services. He has also been a Zone Commander, Watch Commander, and Field Training Coordinator.
Chief Alvarez is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University along with an Associate of Arts Degree from Chabot College in Administration of Justice. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.