July 23-26, 2014
William J. Bratton is the 42nd Police Commissioner of the City of New York, having also served as the city’s 38th police commissioner in the mid-1990s. He has led progressive change, as commissioner or chief, in five other police departments, including police agencies in Boston and Los Angeles. At the NYPD in 1994 and 1995, he oversaw the development of Compstat, the acclaimed command accountability and crime-fighting system and a key contributor to the largest crime declines in New York City history. At the LAPD. from 2002 to 2009, he brought crime to historically low levels while greatly improving community and race relations. As a police sergeant in 1976 he was cited with the Boston Police Department’s top award for valor for facing down a bank robber and rescuing a hostage.