Officers applaud NYPD's Bratton as he moves on

The Dorchester native said in a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio that his latest run atop the New York Police Department has been a highlight of his career.

Bagpipes played as more than 1,000 officers wearing white gloves clapped, sending off Bratton to his future as a private security executive.

Bratton also served as New York's police commissioner from 1994 to 1996 under Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

In it, Bratton strongly praised de Blasio saying in part, "In leading six different police departments across the country in the past 35 years, I have never been resourced or more fully supported by any mayor".

Bratton will be succeeded by Chief of Department James O'Neill, who promised to continue the work of his former boss, which includes Broken Windows.

Bratton will spend his final hours patrolling the transit system with O'Neill before his traditional "walk-out" ceremony Friday afternoon at One Police Plaza.

In March, the independent inspector general for the NYPD issued a report concluding that focusing on offenses like urinating in public and riding bikes on sidewalks had no influence on felony crime rates.

Obama was in New York City Tuesday night to attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser at the Upper East Side home of hedge-fund founder Jim Chanos.

Officers applaud NYPD's Bratton as he moves on
Officers applaud NYPD's Bratton as he moves on

In place of external oversight, Bratton touted reforms that have already begun to take effect within the NYPD, including its new "neighborhood-based policing" program that calls for a closer working relationship between officers and the communities they patrol.

This month, Bratton is concluding his second run as NY commissioner.

He is taking a job with the advisory firm Teneo once he leaves the NYPD.

Bratton earned wide acclaim for his assaults on so-called "quality of life" crimes, and for mining crime data to deploy his forces more effectively.

It also fueled a backlash in some quarters against the broken windows enforcement policy.

A recent inspector general's report rankled Bratton by finding no correlation between broken windows and dramatic drops in crime in NY.

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