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Chief Bratton to Resign in October, Search for New Chief Begins

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In a media availability session around noon today, LAPD Chief William Bratton officially announced his resignation, effective as of October 31st, so he can pursue a career in the private sector. He joined Los Angeles in October of 2002 and will soon join Altegrity Inc., a worldwide private security firm based in Falls Church, Virginia.

"You and I committed to five overarching goals in 2002, and as of today, we can all take justifiable pride and satisfaction in knowing that we have in large measure met and continued to expand their impact in our ultimate purpose for being: to protect and to serve all the residents of this great City," he wrote in an open letter to officers and employees of the department. Those five goals were reducing crime, working on terrorism initiatives, implementing the Federal Consent Decree, growing the force by an additional 1,000 officers (an unfinished goal, but one in progress) and "Bias-Free Policing," which the ACLU contends is a goal not reached.

"The recent Harvard Study and Los Angeles Times poll have conclusively shown that a significant majority of all Angelinos feel that you are succeeding," he told the department.