Clinton/Gore '96





PRESS RELEASE
October 31, 1996

FORMER NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER WILLIAM J. BRATTON ENDORSES PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Former New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, one of the nationís preeminent and most effective police managers, will personally endorse the re-election of President Clinton and Vice President Gore today. Bratton will join the President at Arizona State University in Phoenix today to present his endorsement.

Bratton is a national leader in community policing and in successfully applying executive management to crime prevention. Under Brattonís leadership, crime in New York dropped to its lowest level in all categories in 25 years. Violent crime decreased by over 38 percent and murders dropped a remarkable 51 percent in New York City during Brattonís tenure. He was Police Commissioner of the City of New York from January 1994 to April 1996.

Bratton credits President Clintonís crime policies as a key factor in his success. "When it came to passing the Crime Bill, President Clinton delivered. His crime bill is putting 100,000 police on the streets of America and we are now seeing its success. Crime is going down across America and is a result of Bill Clintonís effort," Bratton said. Bratton has noted that funding and other provisions in that legislation greatly assisted New York City in reducing crime.

When Bratton became police commissioner, he announced that he would be "taking the City back from criminals one block, one street, and one neighborhood at a time." The results speak for themselves. As one New York City beat cop remarked, "This is a guy who is ending urban crime as we know it."

Bratton is currently President of First Security Consulting and is working with police departments throughout the United States and abroad to implement the crime reduction strategies that were so successful in New York City.

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