New York City’s Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio is bringing back a ‘90s New York City relic, William Bratton, to reprise his crime-cutting role as police commissioner. Raymond Kelly’s successor was appointed for his first police commissioner stint by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and has also run Boston’s and Los Angeles’s police departments. Under Bratton’s leadership in New York, which only lasted from 1994 to 1996, crime was significantly reduced in the city, with the murder rate dipping from 1,946 to 983 in those two years. Bratton also helped introduce the use of the data-driven crime tracking system CompStat, which is still used today.
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