ONE GOOD APPLE

POLICE COMMISSIONER WILLIAM BRATTON SET OUT TO PROVE THAT COPS REALLY CAN CUT CRIME. THE EXPERTS SCOFFED--BUT FELONY RATES HAVE DROPPED SO FAR, SO FAST, THAT NO OTHER EXPLANATION MAKES SENSE

ICE IS FALLING FROM THE NEW YORK sky, but New York City police captain Thomas Lawrence looks as if he's been out in the sun too long. It's just past 7 on the third morning of the new year, and Lawrence, who runs the 10th Precinct in Midtown Manhattan, is standing on a podium in the command control center at police headquarters--the "war room." His face is bright red and a little clammy. His body is wired up tight. He is surrounded by sheaves of statistics, screens filled with computerized maps and charts and N.Y.P.D. bosses, who, amazingly, seem to know...

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