William J. Bratton

William J. Bratton

Homeland Security Group Member, Former Commissioner, New York Police Department

William J. Bratton is Chief Executive Officer of the Bratton Group LLC. Working with a comprehensive cadre of professional associates and companies, Mr. Bratton provides a wide range of collaborative consulting, leadership, management and public safety networking services to both the public and the private sector in the United States and abroad. His name is synonymous with unique leadership, cultural diagnostic, analytical and motivational skills, coupled with effective and innovative management systems. Areas of assistance are primarily focused on community crime reduction efforts, community partnerships, maximization of use of technology and software, anti-corruption and anti-terrorism strategies, creative training, leadership development, enhanced investigation techniques and organizational re-alignment.

Mr. Bratton is also Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Bratton Technologies (Brattontech.com), a venture-backed start up based in New York City. The company created and operates BlueLine, the first secure, global law enforcement professional social network. Co-founded with a team of talented technology and strategy individuals, the shared vision is to advance the collaborative capabilities of law enforcement personnel and related entities worldwide.
Utilizing our BlueLine public safety communications network, law enforcement members and agencies are able to quickly find and engage other local, national and international peers, access expert knowledge worldwide and then communicate and collaborate globally through posts as well as in real-time, through voice, video and chat. Simultaneously, BlueLine enables vendors serving the law enforcement community to more effectively reach tens of thousands of individual police departments, forming a first-of-its-kind global law enforcement marketplace.Mr. Bratton also serves as a Senior Advisor to Kroll Advisory Solutions, the global leader in risk mitigation and response. In November 2009, Mr. Bratton joined Altegrity Risk International and was named Chairman of Kroll when those businesses were integrated in August 2010. He served as Chairman through November 2012.

Mr. Bratton previously served as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Depar tment (LAPD) from 2002-2009. He is known as one of America’s premier police chiefs, a strong advocate of Community Policing and the only person to have led four of the largest police forces in the United States, including the New York City Police Department and the LAPD. He has twice served as President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and in 2009 served as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, New York City Police Commissioner and Chief of the LAPD, Mr. Bratton revitalized police morale and cut crime significantly in all four posts. In New York, he led the development and deployment of CompStat, the command and accountability system which has revolutionized policing all over the world. CompStat employs accurate, real-time intelligence, rapid deployment of resources and relentless follow-up and accountability systems to focus the work of police on stopping crimes before they happen.

In Los Angeles, in addition to significantly driving down crime, he is also credited with improving the LAPD’s relationships with the city’s many diverse communities. While at the LAPD he also led the creation of its Real Time and Predictive Policing initiatives.

A frequent lecturer, writer and commentator in the fields of security, counterterrorism, law enforcement and rule of law justice systems, Mr. Bratton is Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisor y Council, whose members provide advice and recommendations on a variety of homeland security issues to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Motorola Solutions and SST, Inc.(ShotSpotter).

The recipient of many honors throughout his career, Mr. Bratton was named by Security magazine as one of 2010’s most influential people in the security industry based on his leadership qualities and the positive impact that his work has made on organizations, colleagues and the general public. This is the second time in two years that he has appeared on the magazine’s list of most influential security executives. In 2009, Mr. Bratton was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 2007 he received Governing Magazine’s “Public Official of the Year Award. In January 1996 he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and was featured in the article “Finally, We’re Winning the War Against Crime”. In 1976 he was awarded the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal, The Boston Police Depar tment’s highest award for valor.

A U.S. Army  veteran who saw ser vice in Vietnam, Mr. Bratton began his police career in 1970 as an officer with the Boston Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His critically acclaimed autobiography TURNAROUND with Peter Knobler was published by Random House in 1998. In addition, Mr. Bratton and Zachary Tumin, a senior researcher at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, co-authored a management leadership book, COLLABORATE OR PERISH that was published by Random House in January 2012.