Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton has been elected president of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) for the next year. PERF represents law enforcement chief executives who together serve more than half of the U.S. population. Bratton previously served as PERF president from 1993 to 1996 while he was New York City police commissioner.
Others joining PERF’s board are Kansas City Police Chief Richard Easley, Pasadena Chief Bernard Melekian, Providence Chief Dean Esserman, Washington, D.C., Chief Charles Ramsey, Lowell, Ma. Superintendent Ed David and Chicago Deputy Superintendent Barbara McDonald.
Bratton commands 9,182 sworn and 3,080 civilian employees in L.A. PERF noted that he is known for support of community policing, a decentralized law enforcement presence, and the COMPSTAT model of police accountability.