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William Bratton
Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council
Assumed office
February 8, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Gary Hart
Police Commissioner of New York City
In office
January 1, 2014 â€“ September 16, 2016
Appointed by Bill de Blasio
Preceded by Ray Kelly
Succeeded by James P. O’Neill
In office
January 1, 1994 â€“ April 15, 1996
Appointed by Rudy Giuliani
Preceded by Ray Kelly
Succeeded by Howard Safir
Chief of Police of Los Angeles
In office
October 27, 2002 â€“ October 31, 2009
Appointed by Jim Hahn
Preceded by Martin Pomeroy (Acting)
Succeeded by Michael Downing (Acting)
Commissioner of the Boston Police Department
In office
June 30, 1993 â€“ January 1, 1994
Appointed by Ray Flynn
Preceded by Mickey Roache
Succeeded by Paul Evans
Personal details
Born William Joseph Bratton
(1947-10-06) October 6, 1947 (age 69)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Bratton (divorced)[1]
Cheryl Fiandaca (1988–1998)
Rikki Klieman (1999–present)
Alma mater University of Massachusetts, Boston
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire[2]
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Unit Military Police Corps

If an African-American or a recent immigrant – or anyone else, for that matter – can't feel secure walking into a police station or up to a police officer to report a crime, because of a fear that they're not going to be treated well, then everything else that we promise is on a shaky foundation.
William Bratton
I disliked everything about the '60s.
I was still a recruit in the Boston Police Academy when I attended my first police funeral. It was September 28, 1970. I remember it still.
William Bratton
If there's one crime for which there has to be a certainty of punishment, it is gun violence.
William Bratton
I have a temper, and it can flare from time to time, but as I've gotten older and more experienced, I think I use it in a controlled way. Oftentimes, I'm acting.
William Bratton
Many of the best parts of America's history would have been impossible without police. All the freedoms we enjoy – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear – sit on a foundation of public safety.
William Bratton
You have to bare your fangs once in a while.
Slavery, our country's original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws enforced by police, by slave-catchers.
William Bratton
No place is unpoliceable; no crime is immune to better enforcement efforts.
William Bratton
Broken-windows enforcement is really about controlling behavior to such an extent you change it: If you deal with the little things, you can keep them from going into the big things. Zero tolerance implies zealotry. It's oppressive. And it's not achievable. You're never going to be in a position to eliminate all crime.
William Bratton
It's an unfortunate fact that in the male black population, a very significant percentage of them, more so than whites or other minority candidates, because of convictions, prison records, are never going to be hired by a police department. That's a reality. That's not a byproduct of stop-and-frisk.
William Bratton
Cops have been complaining about morale since police forces were created. I used to complain about it a lot when I was a young cop.
William Bratton
Quality-of-life policing is based on probable cause – an officer has witnessed a crime personally or has a witness to the crime.
William Bratton
I've spent my life in the police profession, and I'm proud of that. But I am also very cognizant of the profession's limitations, its potential for abuse, and its potential negative impact.
William Bratton
Race is something that's always haunted American policing.
Policing has to be done compassionately and consistently. You cannot police differently in Harlem than you're policing downtown. The same laws must apply. The same procedures must be employed. Certain areas at certain times may have more significant crime and require more police presence or more assertiveness, but it has to be balanced.
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You cannot police a community without effectively working with the community.
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We all have a fundamental right to live free from fear, free from crime, and free from disorder – but while we share that right, we also share the duty to secure it.
William Bratton
Some cops I don't like - the corrupt, the brutal.
American history and the black experience are inextricable. And both are inextricable from policing. Far more often than not, that's been a good thing.
William Bratton
Clearly, a large number of people who shouldn't have firearms actually apply through the process and obtain firearms.
William Bratton
Stop-and-frisk is not something that you can stop. It is an absolutely basic tool of American policing. It would be like asking a doctor to give an examination to you without using his stethoscope.
William Bratton
I like having ambitious people around me. I could care less if they want my job.
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