(Christopher Robbins) Like the voice of a new principal over the intercom during the morning announcements, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has released a video message to the city's largest police union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, outlining the vision for his tenure under a Democratic mayor: Collaborative policing, emphasizing quality, not quantity.
"It's good to be back, back in the city I call home," Bratton says with some conviction. "New York is a very different city than it was in 1994." In 1994 the city saw 1,561 murders. Last year the number was 334.
"I intend to focus on the quality of police actions, with less emphasis on their numbers, and more emphasis on our actual impact," Bratton says, assuaging concerns about quotas and stat manipulation that have intensified over the past decade (stop and frisk has already been "solved," you see).
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