LA Police Chief Bill Bratton announced his resignation today. The Los Angeles Times reports that he plans to assume the top job at a private security firm.
KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze has covered the Los Angeles Police Department for years. He says it’s hard to overstate Bill Bratton’s impact on the LAPD.
Frank Stoltze: “This is a department, obviously, that’s had huge problems with race relations and with brutality cases over the years. And he is a man who’s widely seen as the one who was most influential in turning it around.”
Bratton has been L.A.’s police chief for seven years; three years remain in his second term in the job.
Colleagues and political leaders have praised him for driving down the city’s crime rate and strengthening the department’s reputation.