Citing a dramatic reduction in Los Angeles crime, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supports giving Police Chief William Bratton a second five-year term, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Police Commission won’t take up the issue until March; Bratton’s term ends in October. Bratton was chosen by Mayor James Hahn, whom Villaraigosa defeated in 2005.
Last year’s 7.7 percent reduction in serious crime marked the fifth consecutive year of decline – to a rate last seen in 1956. Gang-related crime increased about 14 percent through November; Bratton said he intends to make that a department focus in the year ahead. Villaraigosa said Los Angeles is “the second-safest big city in America with only half the resources that New York has.”