NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to Retire Next Month

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton; Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton; Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty

Celebrated NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced today that he will step down from his position next month and enter the private sector.

Bratton has spent 45 years in law enforcement, serving in administrative roles in Boston, Los Angeles, and twice in New York City. 

Commissioner Bratton will be replaced by Chief James O'Neil, a veteran of the NYPD who joined the force in 1983.

Journalist Heather Mac Donald wrote of Bratton's legacy that, "Bratton’s greatest contribution to policing was the revelation that violent crime is not an inevitable feature of American urban life."

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