Bratton to head NYPD (again)

Thumbnail image for bratton-cropped.jpgI guess William Bratton had enough of that whole private sector thing. The new mayor-elect of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced today he will appoint Bratton to run the New York Police Department. This will make Bratton the only cop to have run the NYPD, the LAPD and the NYPD again (and be mentioned in London papers as a possible head of Scotland Yard.) Last time he was the New York police commissioner, as they call the top job there, Bratton was talked up as a candidate for mayor and became a fixture of the gossip pages and a regular at Elaine's.

From the NYT story:

The appointment has been highly anticipated and will most likely be among the most consequential for Mr. de Blasio, who turned discontent with the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices into a key part of his winning election run.

“Bill Bratton is a proven crime-fighter,” Mr. de Blasio said in a news release. “He knows what it takes to keep a city safe, and make communities full partners in the mission.”


New York is much changed since Mr. Bratton first took the reins in 1994. Crime rates were much higher and the issue dominated mayoral politics. With his hard-charging, press-friendly style, Mr. Bratton managed to garner considerable acclaim for the drop in crime on his watch, even as crime was falling in many other big cities as well.

Now, Mr. Bratton returns to a city where crime has continued to fall and where there is less acceptance of some of the most aggressive and confrontational policing tactics. He will replace Raymond W. Kelly, the police commissioner since 2002.

Bratton was hired in Los Angeles in 2002 by then-mayor James Hahn. He became one of the most popular officials in LA as crime dropped and he professionalized the department. Bratton left in 2009 to go into the private security business and move back to the East Coast. Just before he left, the department opened its new headquarters building in downtown.

Previously on LA Observed:

Bratton shows interest in the top NYPD job again
Bratton still uses his NYPD parking card - 16 years later
Bratton called into UC Davis situation
Dodgers hire Bratton as security consultant *
Rutten to Bratton: button it up
What Bratton will really miss about L.A.
Has Bratton changed LAPD culture?
Bratton puts house on the market

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