BART police: ‘Excited delirium’ term removed from policy manual, written reports

“This policy change affirms BPD’s commitment to continuous improvement through policy changes and ongoing training that exceeds industry standards,” Chief Ed Alvarez said


By Amanda Spence

OAKLAND, Calif. — The term “excited delirium” has been removed from the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department’s policy manual and throughout its written reports as a part of ongoing reform policy changes.

The move comes from recommendations by the BART Office of the Independent Police Auditor and the revision has been endorsed by the BART Police Citizen Review Board, according to a press release.

“This policy change affirms BPD’s commitment to continuous improvement through policy changes and ongoing training that exceeds industry standards,” said BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez.

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The use of the term for diagnostic purposes has been denounced by the World Health Organization, the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Psychiatric Association, KTVU reported. Moreover, the term, according to KTVU, has been studied several times, which are “used to explain in-custody deaths” in police reports.

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