Popular Los Angeles police chief resigns to take private security job

August 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — To the apparent surprise of everyone, including the Mayor and the Police Commission, popular LAPD Chief William J. Bratton is stepping down from his post, the Los Angeles Times reports. Bratton, credited with vast reforms of the once-scandalized police department and drastically improving the city’s crime rates since assuming the position of police chief in 2002, will resign at the end of October.  Bratton is the only police chief to serve on both coasts, as head of both the LAPD and NYPD. His strategy of using crime data and a computer mapping system to pinpoint areas of L.A. that require more policing, has lead to declining crime rates since 2003. According to sources, Bratton in recent interviews with The Times,  has said that he believed the department was prepared for his departure. “If I left tomorrow,” he said in December, “this would continue after I’m gone.” Bratton is said to be taking a job heading a private security firm. It seems like is a huge loss for the city of Los Angeles.


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