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Bratton, Banks Said To Be Among Police Commissioner Candidates

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As Police Commissioner Ray Kelly prepares to walk out the door at One Police Plaza, who will Bill de Blasio's choice be to walk in to what many say will be the mayor-elect's most important appointment? NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Many insiders, and Bill de Blasio himself, have said that former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton would be a good choice to take the top spot once again.

John Jay College Professor Eugene O'Donnell said that Bratton may be able to quiet the protests over stop-and-frisk and the possibility of a federal monitor for the NYPD.

"Because he has a history of managing through a monitor in Los Angeles. He ran the NYPD.
If you're looking for someone who's kind of a known quantity, who has a skill set that can deal with the public and also internally. he would be a very strong candidate," O'Donnell said.

As chief of New York City Transit and NYPD commissioner, Bratton brought crime down by tracking statistics and being aggressive. That, however, led to a very public feud with then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani over which of them was responsible for the crime reduction in the early '90s. Within two years, Bratton was gone.

He has since headed up the Los Angeles and Boston police departments. He's also part of a successful security consulting firm.

Professor O'Donnell said that some may be nervous about Bratton's history.

"At least, the ideas of stop-and-frisk, numbers-driven policing, CompStat, a lot of those issues were hatched during his time," O'Donnell said.

Another person often mentioned is Phillip Banks, the highest-ranking NYPD uniformed officer. He was promoted to chief of department this year. Some say it would be a positive to have an African American in charge. However, it may be too soon for Banks.

"Most of the job is the politics. It's being in the hot seat. It's dealing with the press. It's dealing with controversial issues a mile a minute," O'Donnell said. "Because of the way the organization has been run, he hasn't been really in prime time a lot."

Kelly has shared some of the spotlight recently, allowing Banks to get in front of TV cameras on high-profile stories.

Other possible candidates include Raphael Pineiro, the NYPD's first deputy commissioner, who would be the first Latino commissioner; Joseph Esposito, who retired as the NYPD's chief of department this year; and Joseph Dunne, the head of Port Authority security, who held the number two and three spots in the NYPD under Giuliani. It's up to de Blasio to choose.

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