In terms of policing, William Bratton has been bicoastal, and his exemplary work reducing crime in New York and Los Angeles was recognized Tuesday evening at The Pierre, at a cocktail party organized by his friend Rick Caruso, chief executive officer of Caruso Affiliated.
Caruso, the real estate developer operating among other properties The Grove in L.A. and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif., shopping and entertainment centers, once served as president of the L.A. board of police commissioners, during which time he was instrumental in getting Bratton hired as L.A. chief of police in 2002.
“Originally, Rick did not want an outsider to run the LAPD,” recalled Bratton. “When he changed his mind and decided that I was the right person, we worked together to change the face of crime in that city. He had the courage to champion my candidacy as chief of police as an outsider. The public was originally against him and Mayor James Hahn for daring to do it.
“In the end, we brought down crime and changed two cultures — of the police and the community. It was a great accomplishment and they were great days.”
“He’s smart, funny, witty and has a great personality,” said Caruso about Bratton. Last month, Bratton resigned as New York’s police commissioner to join international consulting firm Teneo Holdings. In addition to holding the top cop jobs in Los Angeles and New York, Bratton also served as Boston’s police commissioner.
Asked how it felt to no longer be in the public sector, Bratton replied, “It’s been six weeks and so far it’s great. No more 3 a.m. phone calls.”