LAPD chief Bratton leaves job for private-sector position

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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.