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The Turnaround

How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic

ISBN-10: 0679452516
ISBN-13: 9780679452515
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PUBLISHER: Random House Publishing Group
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Product Description: When Bill Bratton was sworn in as New York City's police commissioner in 1994, he made what many considered a bold promise: The NYPD would fight crime in every borough...and win.nbsp;nbsp;It seemed foolhardy; even everybody knows you can't win the war on crime.nbsp;nbsp;But Bratton delivered.nbsp;nbsp;In an extraordinary twenty-seven months, serious crime in New York City went down by 33 percent, the murder rate was cut in half--and Bill Bratton was heralded as the most charismaticnbsp;nbsp;and respected law enforcement official in America..nbsp;nbsp;In this outspoken account of his news-making career, Bratton reveals how his cutting-edge policing strategies brought about the historic reduction in crime.

Bratton's success made national news and landed him on the cover of Time.nbsp;nbsp;It also landed him in political hot water.nbsp;nbsp;Bratton earned such positive press that before he'd completed his first week on the job, the administration of New York's media-hungry mayor Rudolph Giuliani, threatened to fire him.nbsp;nbsp;Bratton gives a vivid, behind-the-scenes look at the sizzle and substance, and he pulls no punches describing the personalities who really run the city.

Bratton grew up in a working-class Boston neighborhood, always dreaming of being a cop.nbsp;nbsp;As a young officer under Robert di Grazia, Boston's progressive police commissioner, he got a ground-level view of real police reform and also saw what happens when an outspoken, dynamic, reform-minded police commissioner starts to outshine an ambitious mayor.nbsp;nbsp;He was soon in the forefront of the community policing movement and a rising star in the profession.nbsp;nbsp;Bratton had turned around four major police departments when he accepted the number one police job in America.

When Bratton arrived at the NYPD, New York's Finest were almost hiding; they had given up on preventing crime and were trying only to respond to it.nbsp;nbsp;Narcotics,nbsp;nbsp;Vice,nbsp;nbsp;Auto Theft, and the Gun Squads all worked banker's hours while the competition--the bad guys--worked around the clock.nbsp;nbsp;Bratton changed that.nbsp;nbsp;He brought talent to the top and instilled pride in the force; he listened to the people in the neighborhoods and to the cops on the street.nbsp;nbsp;Bratton and his "dream team" created Compstat, a combination of computer statistics analysis and an unwavering demand for accountability.nbsp;nbsp;Cops were called on the carpet, and crime began to drop.nbsp;nbsp;With Bratton on the job, New York City was turned around.

Today, New York's plummeting crime rate and improved quality of life remain a national success story.nbsp;nbsp;Bratton is directly responsible, and his strategies are being studied and implemented by police forces across the country and around the world.nbsp;nbsp;In Turnaround, Bratton shows how the war on crime can be won once and for all.

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PAGES: 368
CATEGORY: Biography & Autobiography, Political Science
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