Brattonites Hold Key Roles In Law Enforcement Nationwide


Governing magazine tracks down many of the “Brattonites,” disciples of Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton who serve in important law-enforcement roles around the nation. One of them is Providence Chief Dean Esserman. Much of what he has done in Providence would be recognizable to anyone familiar with Bratton's era during the 1990s as head of the New York City Transit Police and then of the New York Police Department: holding Compstat meetings, getting cops out of their cars and onto neighborhood streets, making district commanders accountable for results and giving them authority to deploy resources and develop tactics as needed. Perhaps most Bratton-like of all is Esserman's insistence that police chiefs are “not here as apologists for crime and we're not here to explain it. We're here to get results.”

Among others cited by the magazine: John Timoney, who was Bratton's chief of department in New York, who went on to be police chief in Philadelphia, and now holds that position in Miami; Peter Abbott, former head of New York’s mounted and administrative units, is chief in Sarasota, Fl.. Jane Perlov, a former deputy chief of detectives in Queens, was Raleigh's chief from 2001 until earlier this year, when she became chief of security for Bank of America. Patrick Harnett, Timoney's executive officer in New York, served two years as chief in Hartford and is now consulting on police matters in Oakland and San Francisco. Daniel Oates, a former deputy chief in Brooklyn, spent four years as chief in Ann Arbor and since 2005 has been chief in Aurora, Co. Ed Norris and Kevin Clark were NYPD veterans who each served stints as chief in Baltimore. Norris was later convicted of fraud.


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