WILLIAM J. BRATTON
Mr. Bratton is known as one of America’s premier police chiefs, the only person to have led two of the largest police forces in the United States, the New York City Police Department and the LAPD.
As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, New York City Police Commissioner and Chief of the LAPD, Mr. Bratton revitalized police morale and cut crime significantly in all four posts. In New York, he led the development and deployment of CompStat, which has revolutionized policing all over the world. CompStat employs accurate, real-time intelligence, rapid deployment of resources and relentless follow-up and accountability systems to focus the work of police on stopping crimes before they happen. In Los Angeles, in addition to significantly driving down crime, he is also credited with improving the LAPD's relationships with the city’s many diverse communities.
In 1999, before returning to public service in 2002 as Chief of the LAPD, Mr. Bratton formed his own company, The Bratton Group LLC, consulting on safety and security throughout the United States and on four continents, including extensive work in South America.
A frequent lecturer, writer and commentator in the fields of security, counterterrorism, law enforcement and rule of law justice systems, Mr. Bratton is Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, whose members provide advice and recommendations on a variety of homeland security issues to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also serves on the Motorola Solutions Board of Directors.
The recipient of many honors throughout his career, Mr. Bratton was most recently named by Security magazine as one of 2010’s most influential people in the security industry based on his leadership qualities and the positive impact that his work has made on organizations, colleagues and the general public. This is the second time in two years that he has appeared on the magazine’s list of most influential security executives. In 2009, Mr. Bratton was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
A U.S. Army veteran who saw service in Vietnam, Mr. Bratton began his police career in 1970 as an officer with the Boston Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His critically acclaimed autobiography “Turnaround” was published by Random House in 1998.
Mr. Bratton and Zachary Tumin, a senior researcher at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, have co-authored a management leadership book, “Collaborate or Perish” that was published by Random House in January 2012.