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Bratton takes helm of NYPD

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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.

COLLEEN LONG | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- William Bratton has taken over the nation's largest police force and is pledging reforms to how the NYPD works with the community.

The 66-year-old was sworn Thursday by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a ceremony at police headquarters. Bratton said he would work to improve the relationship between cops and New Yorkers who feel over-policed by the department's stop-and-frisk policy. He also said he would continue the department's massive counterterrorism efforts.

Hundreds attended, including the city district attorneys, City Council members and federal prosecutors. Los Angeles civic leaders also attended. Bratton was police chief there until 2009.

Bratton returns to NYPD for the second time. He was police commissioner from 1994-1996.

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