Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has picked former NYPD commissioner William Bratton to replace Ray Kelly when he takes office in January, 1010 Wins reported.
De Blasio announced Thursday that Bratton, who acted as commissioner under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani from 1994 to 1996, would take the reigns as the city’s top cop.
“He knows what it takes to keep a city safe and make communities full partners in the mission,” de Blasio said in a statement.
Tactics utilized during Bratton’s former tenure as commissioner are credited with significantly lowering the city’s crime rate.
“This is the best police force in the nation and we are going to ensure our men and women have the best technology, the most innovative tactics and the strong support of the communities they protect,” Bratton said. “This department will not rest on its laurels. We are going to continue making history as the safest big city in America.”
Bratton has also led the Boston and Los Angeles police departments as well as worked for private security firms for the past four years.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, praised de Blasio’s decision to choose Bratton to lead the NYPD.
De Blasio also recently announced that Anthony Shorris would be his first deputy mayor, Dominic Williams would act as chief of staff and Emma Wolfe would lead the city’s Intergovernmental Affairs department.