William Bratton is taking over the helm of the NYPD, what should be his top priority?
After taking over the nation's third largest police force, new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck spoke to POLICE Magazine about following Chief Bill Bratton, being known as a "cop's cop," and maintaining a falling crime rate amid pending budget cuts. He speaks specifically about how he'll improve the work lives of patrol officers and whether he'll allow officers to shoot at moving vehicles or approve a heavier flashlight or 1911 pistol for duty.
Jane Castor takes over as Tampa's first female police chief, replacing retiring Chief Steve Hogue. Castor is currently the assistant chief of operations and has been with the Tampa Police Department for 25 years. Castor has held many positions in several areas of the department including patrol, narcotics, family violence and sex crimes, and criminal intelligence.
In his book, Leonard Levitt examines the lines of power that often result in the NYPD's police commissioner and mayor duking it out for "publicity, credit and power." Levitt's "NYPD Confidential: Power and Corruption In the Country's Greatest Police Force" is based in his experiences covering the department as a columnist for Newsday. In the book, he covers the high and low points of the administrations of William Bratton, Howard Safir, Bernie Kerik and current commissioner Ray Kelly.