Bratton Faces Greatest Management Challenge In NYC Police Slowdown


New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, 67, who made his name transforming troubled police departments, faces what the Wall Street Journal calls perhaps his greatest management challenge: reasserting authority over a police force that dramatically slowed some of its law-enforcement efforts, while remaining loyal to his boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who some officers contend hasn't done enough to back them. Some of the rank and file, working under an expired contract, turned their backs on the mayor at funerals of two officers slain in a Brooklyn ambush on Dec. 20—ignoring Bratton's reminder after the first incident that funerals were for “grieving, not grievance.”

Bratton enjoys broad support among New Yorkers. A new Quinnipiac University poll found that 56 percent of voters approve of the job he is doing, while 31 percent disapprove, his highest approval rating since June, when 57 percent approved and 19 percent disapproved. Black, white, and Hispanic voters all said they approved. Union leaders support Bratton, even as they challenge the mayor's leadership. Current and former police officers believe Bratton's hands are tied by the mayor and some have criticized the commissioner for protecting de Blasio. “I don't think Bratton has lost control, I think he's being directed to run things a certain way,” said Martin Davin, a NYPD detective for 20 years. “I think [the police] have a lot of respect for Bratton.”

Comments are closed.