Chief Bratton, says the 'LA Times', is going to the private sector.
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, one of the nation's best-known crime fighters, is stepping down, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Quoting unnamed sources, the Times says Bratton plans to announce this afternoon that he is resigning to take a job at the helm of a private security firm.
Bratton, 61, has been in charge of the Los Angeles police force since October 2002. In the early 1990s, he ran the police departments in Boston and then New York. His LAPD bio is here.
Bratton's 1994-96 tenure in New York concided with a sharp drop in crime there and got the chief national attention. He and then-mayor Rudy Giuliani, however, had their differences.
The chief was one of Governing.com's 2007 "Public Officials of the Year":
Left New York as the world's most celebrated police chief. Business school professors hailed his "tipping-point leadership" and studied innovations such as Compstat, the computerized statistics system that Bratton developed to measure results and motivate commanders. Prot??g??s applied the Bratton playbook in cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Providence and Miami, often with impressive results.
Yet there were also skeptics. Criminologists pointed to nationwide crime declines in the late '90s and asked if Bratton's achievements in New York were really unique. For Bratton himself, there was also a personal question: How do you follow up on a success like New York? In 2002, after several years in the private sector, Bratton answered that question by returning to policing as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. In New York, Bratton had policed a city of more than 7 million residents with 38,000 officers. In Los Angeles, a geographically larger city with a population of nearly 4 million people, he had a mere 9,100 officers.
His leadership style has also been profiled in the Harvard Business Review.