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Bratton plans to stay at LAPD until end of October

Police Chief William J. Bratton plans to remain at his post until the end of October, said John Mack, a member of the Police Commission, the civilian panel that oversees the LAPD. Bratton called Mack and other commissioners this morning to tell them of his plans.

"I'm really in shock. It's a great loss for the city and the LAPD," said Mack, a civil rights figure who had once been a vocal critic of the city's police until Bratton's arrival. "Bratton has done an amazing job of turning around this department in the aftermath of a tortured history and really created a new department for the 21st century."

"I had become convinced he would complete his second term here, but he has an opportunity to return to the private sector and I respect his decision."

Saying he was uncertain what Bratton's new job would entail, Mack said Bratton will "reunite" with Michael Cherkasky. Cherkasky and Bratton have been close associates. Before becoming chief, Bratton worked as a consultant for Cherkasky, advising governments in several countries on how to reform and build modern police forces. He also worked with the team of consultants that Cherkasky had assembled to monitor the LAPD for the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a consent decree forced on the department after the Rampart corruption scandal. As LAPD's chief, Bratton worked closely with Cherkasky, who remained the lead monitor overseeing the LAPD until the decree was terminated last month.

Cherkasky currently runs Altegrity, a company with several subsidiaries, one of which focuses on law enforcement and criminal justice issues. The firm consults with local police departments in emerging nations to teach them how to build and run their own justice systems. The company says it has trained thousands of people in anti-terrorism, counterinsurgency and police techniques in more than 50 countries, including Indonesia, Pakistan and Colombia. The company has also set up training camps to teach anti-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been involved in training local police in Iraq, its website says.

Cherkasky declined to comment until the chief had formally announced his resignation.

The company offers services familiar to Bratton. In 1996, after a successful but tumultuous stint as head of the New York City Police Department, Bratton opened his own boutique firm that offered similar consulting services.

News of Bratton's departure reverberated throughout City Hall.

"He came, he saw, he conquered and now it's time for him to move on," Councilwoman Janice Hahn said.

Hahn added that Bratton's chief goals in coming to Los Angeles were to reduce crime and improve the department's standing. Once the consent decree was lifted, she had not expected him to stay long, she said.

"I called it two weeks ago. I said, 'He's gone,' he came for specific reasons and that was to improve relations between the department and the community," Hahn continued. "The relationship between the department and the community is better than it has ever been."

-- Joel Rubin

Earlier: Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton to step down

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good rid of him

The inevitable LAPD budget cuts next year & the coming release of tens of thousands of convicts from state prison will with no doubt increase the LA crime rate. Bratton is gettin out while the getting is good.

He is showing his true loyalty is to self only. It is easier to succeed during good times, harder with a shrinking budget and increasing workload. Now all can see what many officers have felt for awhile, that Bratton is narcisstic and self serving.

yes, leave it to a bimbo like Janice Hahn to say something that ridiculous. Is it any wonder our city is in such a huge mess with politicans like this running it. City council never respected the Chief. People all over Los Angeles are supporting the Chief's decision to leave. He made great accomplishments and we thank him for his service

Janet is correct while "TruthTeller" is confused by the fabrications of some rightwing talkshow hosts who are guessing Bratton wants to leave before alll those inmates are released. WRONG, Bratton doesn't run away from legit problems like that

However he's been looking more and more fed up with councilmembes like Smith, Zine, Parks and Rosendahl taking shots at him in the media "to show him who's boss," because they're petty people with big egos. Bratton did an amazing job turning around the dept, and improving its image locally and around the world. From the bad legacy constant critic Barnard Parks left it.

Word is he's especially angry about getting dissed to the world after the Jackson funeral events, where the LAPD was widely praised for its superb crowd control and PREVENTING more crowds from showing up.. But Trutanich is a vengeful man, angry Bratton didn't endorse him (WISELY as we're learning over and over) and has been mis-using public funds to harass the Chief over the funeral -- word is he's trying to find something to pin on him.

Bratton stuck it out until the Consent Decree was lifted, but I'm sure he'd have stayed longer if it weren't for all these dummies and bullies who wouldn't rest until they drove him out. They must NOT be allowed to have their way and pick someone who answers to them, the Zine/Trutanich/Cooley/Webers, the mayor must NOT pick someone they can control. I agree with Bratton, he's trained a number of fine people right inside the dept: they've been handling a lot of the LAPD's duties already, e.g. Paysinger and Beck.


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