Who is Bill Bratton?

Dave Evans reports
December 5, 2013 3:11:50 PM PST
William J. Bratton is one of America's premier police chiefs, a strong advocate of community policing and the only person to have led some of the largest police forces in the United States, including the New York City and Los Angeles Police Departments.

Bratton has twice served as President of the Police Executive Research Forum and in 2009 served as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, New York City Police Commissioner and Chief of the LAPD, Bratton revitalized police morale and cut crime significantly in all four posts. In New York, he led the development and deployment of CompStat, the command and accountability system which has revolutionized policing all over the world. CompStat employs accurate, real-time intelligence, rapid deployment of resources and relentless follow-up and accountability systems to focus the work of police on stopping crimes before they happen.

In Los Angeles, in addition to significantly driving down crime, he is credited with improving the LAPD's relationships with the city's many diverse communities. While at the LAPD he also led the creation of its Real Time and Predictive Policing initiatives.

A frequent lecturer, writer and commentator in the fields of security, counterterrorism, law enforcement and rule of law justice systems, Bratton is Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, whose members provide advice and recommendations on a variety of homeland security issues to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, Bratton began his police career in 1970 as an officer with the Boston Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Bratton Group LLC. Working with a comprehensive cadre of professional associates and companies, Bratton provides a wide range of collaborative consulting, leadership, management and public safety networking services to both the public and the private sector in the United States and abroad.