He has also served as the police commissioner for the cities of New York and Boston. Bratton has served in some very large roles and has left a very large influence over the criminal justice field. Bratton is known for the Broken Windows Theory as well as developing CompStat in New York City. In this paper we will learn more about Bratton and how he got to where he is today. Born in Boston, Chief Bratton went to Boston Technical High School.
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He served in the Military Police Corps of the United States Army during the Vietnam War, returning to Boston in 1970 to start a police career in the Boston Police Department. He quickly rose up the ranks and in 1980 was named the youngest-ever Executive Superintendent of the Boston Police. From 1983 and 1986 Bratton was Chief of Police for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority then from 1986 to 1990 he was the Superintendent of Boston’s Metropolitan District Commission Police. In 1990, he was became Chief of Police of the New York City Transit Police.
Bratton was Superintendent in Chief of the Boston Police Department from 1991 until 1993. He then became Boston’s 34th Police Commissioner. He holds the Department’s highest award for valor. In 1994, Chief Bratton was appointed the 38th Commissioner of the NYPD by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. He cooperated with Giuliani in putting the broken windows theory into practice and introducing the CompStat system. Bratton resigned in 1996, while under investigation by the Corporation Counsel for the propriety of a book deal that he signed while in office as well as accepting multiple unauthorized trips from corporations and individuals.
But the real problem was conflicts with Giuliani, because Giuliani was mad the Chief Bratton was receiving all of the credit. Bratton worked as a private consultant with Kroll Associates, until he was appointed by Mayor of Los Angeles James Hahn as the LAPD’s 54th Chief of Police in October 2002. Under Bratton crime dropped for 6 consecutive years. On June 19, 2007, the LA Police Commission reappointed William Bratton to a second five-year term, the first reappointment of an LAPD chief in almost twenty years.
In March 2009, an amendment was proposed to the City Charter, allowing Bratton to serve a third consecutive term as Police Chief. On August 5, 2009, Bratton announced that after nearly seven years he would be stepping down as chief of police for the City of Los Angeles, and he continued to serve as chief until October 31, 2009. Bratton moved back to New York City to take a position with a private international security firm called “Altegrity,” serving as a Chairman of a new division where he will consult on security for police departments worldwide.