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February 11, 2014 > BART Police announce change to search policy

BART Police announce change to search policy

Submitted By BART District

At the request of the officer, BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey released the name of the officer who fired the fatal shot in the January 21 tragic death of Sgt. Tommy Smith. Detective Michael Maes has requested that his role in the tragedy be made public in the interest of transparency.

Detective Maes is a 26 year veteran of law enforcement. HeÕs been with the BART Police Department (B.P.D.) for 14 years and, prior to joining BART, Detective Maes worked for the Moraga Police Department as a patrol officer and detective for 12 years.

Detective Maes has an extensive background in criminal investigations and has received extra training in conducting searches and executing arrest warrants. Detective Maes has also served as a BART Field Training Officer, an acting sergeant and rifle operator. Detective Maes is now on administrative leave.

Chief Rainey also announced a change to the B.P.D.Õs policies on conducting residential parole searches, search warrants and Ramey arrest warrants. Effective immediately, all planned residential parole/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. The previous policy called for a manager to be on scene during the search. That requirement will remain in place in addition to the new requirement.

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