Bill Bratton’s name keeps coming up for who will replace Ray Kelly at the top of the NYPD and on Tuesday, the former commissioner all but took out his resume while speaking at a conference in Manhattan. NY1 Criminal Justice reporter Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Bill Bratton insists he's not campaigning to win back his old job as police commissioner, but he didn't waste time during a transportation safety speech to drive home the point that he's been fighting crime for more than forty years.
"I was a bit of a whiz kid in the Boston police department, a young sergeant working in the police commissioner's office,” Bratton said at a Tuesday conference held in Manhattan sponsored by Transportation Alternatives and NYU. "I would gather up all of my crime statistics, all of my information about crime, my crime maps. Even back in the 70s I was understanding and appreciating the importance of mapping."
Bratton also talked about his success as both police commissioner of Los Angeles and New York.
But would he want to be the top cop at One Police Plaza again?
"I'm at a good place in my life. I’ve got two companies that I’m running,” he said. "At the same time there is nothing like the public sector, every day you get up and you can make a difference."
The 66-year-old Bratton told the crowd that crime can decrease even more. He supports an increase of traffic cameras and tackling quality of life issues.
George Kelling advised Bratton on crime for decades and was on the panel.
"I think Bill is an international and national leader in policing. I think he has been extremely innovative in every police department he's been,” said Kelling.,
But Public Advocate-elect Letitia James says she would like to see the NYPD's current Chief of Department Phillip Banks get the top job. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has talked up both Bratton and Banks as potential commissioners.
"If Bill de Blasio decides to select Mr. Bratton that’s something obviously that I will respect and look forward to working with Mr. Bratton. And in fact look forward to working with any of the candidates and there is a possibility it may not be either of those two candidates,” James said.
Bratton says he hasn't spoken to de Blasio but plans to meet with the mayor elect's transition team soon. Chief Banks says he's not commenting on whether he met with de Blasio.