PBA's Lynch weighs in on Bratton - New York News

PBA's Lynch weighs in on Bratton

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Bill Bratton holds up personal copy of children's book, Your Police. Bill Bratton holds up personal copy of children's book, Your Police.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

When Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced Bill Bratton would be his police commissioner, the 66-year-old Bratton cradled an old-looking book called "Your Police." Bratton read the book when he was 9 and has carried it with him as he headed police departments in Boston, New York and Los Angeles.

He read a passage from it: "A policeman is your friend and would die for you."

It is hard to imagine the present police commissioner, Ray Kelly, publicly reading from his favorite childhood book. Those who know both men say that both are professional and talented but different greatly in style of leadership.

Pat Lynch has headed the PBA, the union for New York City's 23,000 police officers, for the last 15 years. He has also communicated with Bratton for the last decade. He said Bratton delegates and seeks everyone's opinion. Lynch expects this approach will be used in reforming stop and frisk as well. He said Commissioner Kelly only trusted those around him.

Sources in the police department often called Kelly a micromanager, even deciding transfers within individual precinct station houses.

In 1994, Bratton asked for undated resignations from a dozen of the top NYPD staff and accepted half of them. Bratton said yesterday with leadership changes, stop and frisk can be quickly reformed.

NYPD rank-and-file officers have not had a new contract in nearly four years. Bratton and Lynch will have to deal with that and will probably disagree, but Lynch said he expects with Bratton there will be a more open process.

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