William Bratton officially took the reins of the nation’s largest police department today, becoming the 42nd police commissioner at a time when there is a demand for big change, especially in the area of stop-and-frisk.
CBS 2 reports that Bratton was publicly sworn in by Mayor Bill de Blasio at One Police Plaza. Prior to the ceremony, the band played “My Way,” an appropriate choice considering the man taking the reins.
“I certainly think of myself as a change agent,” said Bratton, who who also served as the department’s 38th commissioner under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Bratton takes over the NYPD with a big burden – keeping crime down and making the department more sensitive to the needs of minority communities,