December 5, 2013 9:54am | Updated on December 5, 2013 2:25pm
CITY HALL — Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who helped the city greatly reduce crime under then-mayor Rudy Giuliani, set forth a sweeping vision for the NYPD's "new era" under his leadership during a press conference announcing his appointment Thursday.
With Bill de Blasio by his side, Bratton, whose time at the helm of the NYPD included the introduction of CompStat, the use of real-time computerized crime data that targets criminal activity and holds supervisors accountable for addressing it, vowed to heal rifts between the city's minority community and the NYPD.
"We have a situation in this city at this time that is so unfortunate," Bratton said at the press conference held at the Red Hook Justice Center, where both he and de Blasio took aim at the outgoing administration's overuse of stop-and-frisk. "Stop-and-frisk is essential to every police department in America and it is also essential that it be done constitutionally."