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As he exits ‘last public-sector job,’ Bratton points to improvements

NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill, left, and

NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill, left, and Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, right, attend a monthly crime statistics meeting at One Police Plaza in Manhattan on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Chief O'Neill will replace Commissioner Bratton when he retires in six weeks. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

That’s All Folks!

No matter who the next president is, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton stressed Thursday he wouldn’t take any job in a new White House administration.

Bratton announced Monday he would leave in September for a private-sector job.

“This is my last public-sector job,” Bratton said emphatically when asked during a news conference about his plans. “I have been at it for 48 years; started in 1966 as a military policeman in the U.S. Army. I think I have done my fair share.”

Bratton remarked upon his new career at the global management firm Teneo Holdings after talking with reporters about the latest July crime trends. Bratton and his aides, including commissioner-designate James O’Neill, revealed violent crime continues to go down in the city. They noted July was the 11th straight month of declining crime rates.

Homicides are down about 5 percent from July 2015, while shootings have dropped 20 percent in the same period, primarily because of what officials say has been a concerted push against gangs and street crews, which have traditionally fueled violence.

O’Neill, the current chief of department, said the city would continue to push neighborhood policing, for which he is the main architect. O’Neill said 52 percent of precincts have special neighborhood coordinating officers, and more will be added in coming months.

Bratton will develop a new risk-management operation at Teneo, the company has said. Teneo has headquarters in New York and London, and has some principals who have had close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton. Huma Abedin, a close adviser to Hillary Clinton, had done work for Teneo at one time, according to news reports.

Bratton didn’t talk much Thursday about what he would do at Teneo, but he indicated whatever he did he wouldn’t be meddling with his old job.

“So it is time to go and pursue new opportunities, new ventures and sit on the sidelines and watch my successors rack up further successes,” Bratton said, referring to the continuing crime drop and changes in the NYPD.

Bratton also said he wasn’t afraid of any of the presidential candidates, but added, “I am afraid of what one of them might do.” That was a reference to remarks he made Wednesday in an interview about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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