Bratton on Leadership

As New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s top cop and now as Los Angeles’ police chief, William Bratton understands the challenges of leading a police force and fighting big-city crime; under Giuliani, he introduced the CompStat system, which is still used to track crimes and devise strategies. “As a police chief, there has to be an expectation that the person is capable of leading in the good times and in times of crisis,” said Bratton, speaking at John Jay College’s Patrick V. Murphy Lecture Series on Police Leadership. Bratton discussed how some of his predecessors successfully handled the pressure of the job, including Patrick Murphy’s response to the infamous police corruption scandal of the 1970s.

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