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LAPD Chief William Bratton to Step Down, Sources Say

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Captain Black Chow of Central Division talks to Chief William Bratton at the 2009 Lakers Parade | Photo by dataxy via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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With crime significantly down and the consent decree lifted, the man who said he likes to fix things and not maintain them is stepping down, according to sources to the Los Angeles Times. Although no official announcement has been made and aides to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa say they are not savvy to the announcement, the Times says. The 61-year-old who recently put his Los Feliz home on the market will next head up a private security firm.

One big question is on the minds of a many: "It remains to be seen whether the changes made over the last 6 1/2 years have taken deep enough root to outlast the man who oversaw them," notes the Times. In recent interviews with The Times, Bratton has said that he believed the department was prepared for his departure. 'If I left tomorrow," he said in December, "this would continue after I'm gone.'"

An official announcement is expected to be made at a noon press conference. Villaraigosa will hold a media availability at 12:15 p.m. to talk about reductions in the fire department.

UPDATE: Bratton has been added to the 12:15 media availability with the Mayor.