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Chief Bratton Recommends Hiring New Chief Internally

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Citing the difficulties and the slow start an outsider can have when arriving to Los Angeles, LAPD Chief William Bratton recommends that the search for a new chief within the department in an interview with the LA Times. "Nobody understands what it's like to be an outsider better than me. I've done it many times," he said pointing the time it takes to "get up to speed" and understand political power structure.

If the chosen candidates comes from within, he could be chosen and ready to start the job immediately after Bratton leaves at the end of October. That's a good thing, considering two sticky issues--the budget and gangs--need attention right away.

"The budget is awful," he told the Times. "We're already feeling some of the impact: The stopping of promotions, civilian furloughs, the freeze on hiring civilians, equipment shortages. . . . The next chief will have a very different challenge and priority. How do you keep morale high? How do you keep the successes going forward when you have less to work with?"