Bill Bratton Gets Standing Ovation From Cops on Last Day as NYPD Commissioner

What to Know

  • Bratton got applause from fellow officers during his last CompStat meeting, a practice he helped popularize.
  • Bratton is leaving the NYPD to take a job in the private sector.
  • He's being replaced by NYPD Chief of Department Jimmy O'Neill.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton received a standing ovation as he walked into the last CompStat meeting, the police statistics practice he helped popularize in the 1990s.

Bratton's is serving his last day as New York City's top cop on Thursday, a little over a month after he announced he was stepping down to take a job at the global consulting firm Teneo. 

He'll be succeeded by current Chief of Department Jimmy O'Neill. 

The rest of Bratton's agenda for his final day in office includes a keynote address on policing at the NYU School of Law and an announcement on reading safety with Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina. 

Bratton leaves office after about 32 months in the office. It's actually his second stint as NYPD commissioner however; he served in the same capacity under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. 

During his first stint, he was credited as being an early proponent of both CompStat, a crime-mapping database first used in New York City that was later adopted by other departments, and broken-windows policing, which prioritizes minor crimes to prevent major ones. 

On Tuesday, President Obama offered his best wishes to Bratton and O'Neill at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Upper East Side home of hedge-fund founder Jim Chanos. 

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