Chief Kenton Rainey, B.A., M.A.


Retired Chief of Police of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department

Retired police chief Kenton W. Rainey has a background that combines criminal justice education, law enforcement experience, and is a recognized expert in “Leading successful organizational change and police reform efforts through training, stakeholder involvement and civilian oversight.” He has a deep commitment to Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS) which he has been responsible for successfully implementing in five different law enforcement agencies while utilizing geographical team policing structures. Rainey is also passionate about Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).

Rainey began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a Deputy with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in California and retired as Chief of Police of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department in 2016. Over his 37 year career, Rainey has worked for six different law enforcement agencies in three states. He has the distinct and unique perspective of having worked for city, county, airport and mass transit law enforcement agencies.

Rainey has been a guest lecturer or participated as a law enforcement subject matter panel expert at University of Southern California; New York John Jay College; University of California Irvine; Chapman University; Brandeis University; Loyola Marymount University; International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); California Police Chiefs Association (CA Chiefs); and the United States Department of Justice.