NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bill Bratton started his last full day leading America’s biggest police department by attending his final CompStat meeting.

The gathering is held weekly at 8 a.m. to review the city’s crime tracking statistics.

CompStat is a system Bratton helped set up 22 years ago. Up until 1994, the only stats the NYPD kept in great detail involved robberies and red light enforcement. That changed once CompStat was unveiled by Bratton and his team.

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Using a single, small computer, Bratton’s idea to start tracking crimes to fight crime took New York City from one of the most dangerous big cities in America to the safest in the country today.

The system, which was called revolutionary at the time, is modeled by many other police departments now.

Bratton told members assembled at the meeting that he’s leaving the NYPD with great satisfaction, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported. He received a standing ovation after speaking for about 15 minutes.

Bratton will walk out of police headquarters as commissioner for the last time Friday afternoon.

“It’s been quite a run,” Bratton told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa during a Facebook live interview last week. “I’m ready to go, I’ll be retired for exactly two days before I start my new job that will have me traveling all over the world and I’ll be concentrating entirely in the private sector.”

James O’Neill, currently the Chief of Department, will be taking over as the new commissioner effective next Friday.


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