The NYPD Chief Who Did His Job Too Well

William Bratton's reforms helped slash New York's crime rate, but he and Mayor Giuliani clashed over who should get credit

Rudy Giuliani knew right away that he wanted to hire William Bratton as police chief when the two first met in 1993. "When Giuliani was elected mayor, we had something like 2,200 murders that year," says Adam Walinsky, a law-enforcement expert who helped arrange that first meeting. "He went out to get a guy who was going to completely shake it up. He knew within the first half-hour of conversation that [Bratton was the man for the job]."

Starting in 1994, Bratton wasted no time. A former Boston police chief, Bratton decentralized the...

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