Kenton W. Rainey is BART's fifth Chief of Police. He began his career in law enforcement in 1979 as a Deputy at the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. He comes to BART with a background that combines his 32 years of law enforcement experience with a deep commitment to community policing, advocacy for the mentally ill and domestic violence victims, and achieving police reform through higher education and training. He has been recognized on numerous occasions for implementing community policing initiatives and working with children who are in “at risk” situations.
Chief Rainey earned his BA in Criminal Justice from California State University Long Beach in 1993 and his MA in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2001. He also earned various leadership certificates from UCLA, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Police Executive Research Forum.