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The Latest: Officers applaud NYPD's Bratton as he moves on

Posted September 16

— The Latest on the departure of New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The New York Police Department has said goodbye to Commissioner William Bratton, who's taking a job as a private security executive.

Hundreds of officers and commanders in dress blue uniforms applauded and saluted Bratton as he left police headquarters during a ceremony Friday. Bagpipes serenaded the 68-year-old commissioner, who also led departments in Boston and Los Angeles.

Also on hand were several dozen protesters. Some yelled "I can't breathe!" That's the phrase the late Eric Garner repeated as he suffocated during an arrest two years ago.

Over Bratton's career he became known for trying to deter serious crimes by cracking down on smaller offenses, an approach known as the broken windows theory of policing. A recent inspector general's report found no correlation between the strategy and crime reduction. Bratton suggested the report was the work of "amateurs."

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1 a.m.

William Bratton is at the end of an unparalleled law enforcement career that saw him run police departments in Boston, Los Angeles and New York and advocate crime fighting strategies that were copied across the nation.

The 68-year-old is due to step down Friday after three years in his second stint as New York's police commissioner.

He's taking a job as a private security executive.

Bratton became known for mining crime data to deploy his forces. He also cracked down on smaller offenses to discourage larger ones — an approach known as "broken windows."

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

Bratton struck back last week by suggesting the report was the work of "amateurs."

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