Encompassed by protests led by Millions March NYC, a group affiliated with Black Lives Matter, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton announced his resignation Tuesday.
In a joint-news conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bratton told reporters he was “leaving with reluctance,” but he was “leaving at the right time.” Mayor de Blasio added Bratton had informed him of his decision to resign in July.
In accepting Bratton’s resignation, de Blasio named Chief of Department James O’Neill as the new chief, effective early September and disputed reports protests led to Bratton’s departure.
A career member of law enforcement, Bratton served in command positions leading the police departments in Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. His most recent tenure with the New York Police Department (NYPD) was his second term heading the department.
Named commissioner in 1994 after the election of mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bratton implemented policing strategies which are credited with dramatic reductions in crime. As commissioner, Bratton oversaw an expansion of the force by over 5,000 uniformed officers and introduced the Computer Statistics management tool to the NYPD, a system now adopted by numerous police departments nationwide.
Through the application of “Broken Windows” policing, by which officers enforce petty crimes such as turnstile jumping, graffiti violations and public intoxication, and the gradual expansion of the plainclothes Street Crimes Unit walking crime-ridden neighborhoods, New York City became a livable city once again and witnessed a sharp drop in violent crime rates, particularly murder and rape.
Resigning in 1996, Bratton led the Los Angeles Police Department for seven years, left for the private sector as a consultant and then returned to lead the NYPD in 2013.
Bratton will remain as the head of the police department until O’Neill assumes the position, but has already accepted a job at Teneo Holdings, a corporate consulting company.
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