NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — William Bratton officially took the reins of the nation’s largest police department on Thursday, becoming the 42nd police commissioner at a time when there is a demand for big change, especially in the area of stop-and-frisk.
“I certainly think of myself as a change agent,” said Bratton, who who also served as the department’s 38th commissioner under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Bratton takes over the NYPD with a big burden — keeping crime down and making the department more sensitive to the needs of minority communities, CBS 2 reported.
“What I’ve said to him is clear and concise: I want him to do what he knows how to do best — to use the best technology and tactics, to focus our efforts on the criminals, on the problem areas, on the hot spots to make our streets and neighborhoods even safer,” de Blasio said.
Bratton is a believer in the “broken windows” theory of policing — that if minor, petty crime is not dealt with, crime will increase, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
He believes in an ethnically diverse police force representative of the population, maintaining strong community relations, being tough on gangs and has no tolerance for anti-social behavior, Kramer reported.
“I think what we’re seeing is a time when the threat has spread out and it’s much more driven, not by al Qaeda’s central command, but al Qaeda-ism on the Internet, where that message has gone forth to a wider group,” Miller said.
Bratton’s biggest challenge will be to keep crime numbers down while reducing the department’s stop-and-frisk program, Kramer reported.