(NEW YORK) — Incoming New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has tapped former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to run the New York Police Department again.
Bratton was ‘Top Cop’ as Police Commissioner in New York from 1994 to 1996 under Rudy Giuliani and lauded for dramatically reducing crime in the city.
“I love this profession. I love this city. I love this department. I have had a love affair with it since 1956,” Bratton said.
Bratton says he will reform the “stop and frisk” program developed under current Commissioner Ray Kelly, which has been the subject of civil rights lawsuits for allegedly unfairly targeting young men of color.
De Blasio campaigned on ending the stop and frisk program, saying it has undermined the relationship between law enforcement and the community. De Blasio said, “Focus our efforts on the criminals, on our problem areas, on the hot spots. To make our streets and neighborhoods even safer, but to avoid focusing our resources where they don’t belong, which is on innocent hard-working New Yorkers, particularly our young men of color.”
De Blasio calls Bratton a community builder. “He has combined the best of tradition and the best of innovation in an extraordinary career of achievement,” De Blasio said. “I say, Bill Bratton, we in New York City are honored to have you as our ‘Top Cop’ and welcome back.
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