The appointment of former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton back to his old post once Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio takes office was lauded across Queens and the city.
As commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bratton drove crime down and instituted the CompStat tracking system that has been a staple of the NYPD ever since. The system is cited as a key reason crime has declined for more than 20 years, as it gives police notice of where crime is happening so they can deploy accordingly.
One crime fighter who welcomed Bratton’s return is Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “I applaud Bill Bratton’s selection as our next Police Commissioner,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “He is a consummate law enforcement professional with whom we worked closely — and successfully — in the past and will, I am sure, in the future. He is a tough crime fighter who has the ability to bring law enforcement and communities together as partners in the critically important work of keeping our City and all of its neighborhoods safe. I very much look forward to once again working with Bill in helping to keep New York as the safest big city in America.”