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The Profession by Bill Bratton and Peter Knobler

The Profession

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The Profession by Bill Bratton and Peter Knobler
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Jun 08, 2021 | ISBN 9780525558194

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“Bill Bratton is truly the Sir Robert Peel of American policing. He continues to be the elder statesman and ambassador for the policing profession. Bratton has mentored many of the current generation of police executives. In his latest book, The Profession, he takes readers on a gripping literary ride-along and provides an intimate look into the complex world of policing. The knowledge gleaned from this book can’t be found elsewhere.” —Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston Police Department

“From no matter what angle you look at the debate of how we police ourselves, this book is timely and vitally important. Half memoir, half philosophy, this is the Bible on police reform and reconciliation with community. Told by a man who changed policing in three major cities, The Profession by Bill Bratton brings deep and new understanding to what it means to protect and serve—from both sides of the badge.” —Michael Connolly, author of The Law of Innocence

“If then NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton had done nothing other than rescue New York City in the early ‘90s from anarchy and intolerable violence, he’d still be regarded as the most impactful police reformer of the past 40 years. Now in his memoir, The Profession, Bratton and his co-writer, Peter Knobler, have written a fast-paced talefilled with a cop’s sharp eye for detail and story-tellingof his full career, including his two most recent major triumphs: His seven years as reform chief of the Los Angeles police departmentwhere he cemented in place the transformation of a reform-defying out-of-control LAPD; and then the capstone of his careerhis return as NYPD commissioner, where he permanently ended the shamefully racist mass stop-and-frisk policies of the NYPD. The Profession’s a must read for anyone wanting to understand how to make policing reform happen in the 2020s.” —Joe Domanick, author of To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD’s Century of War in the City of Dreams and Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing; Associate Director, The Center on Media, Crime & Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

“Bill Bratton has gone from street cop to America’s police commissioner. There is no more authoritative voice on policing in America.  The lessons learned in this book are invaluable.” —Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security
“Bill Bratton is the most pivotal and powerful voice in American law enforcement in these times. His candid, revealing story is a must read for every mayor, police chief, and community leader who truly wants to create a new normal for efforts to transform law enforcement and create community trust in the 21st century.” —Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans
“Bill Bratton sounds a clarion call for racial truth. He takes us on a 50-year odyssey of transformation and redemption through the worlds of policing, community, and power politics. Bratton reveres the best in law enforcement, demands changes in the worst, and confronts racism in every police department along the way. As a civil rights lawyer and likely foe, I became Bratton’s unlikely ally to change LAPD, because, with moral clarity, he admitted policing’s role in racial unrest and its original sin on American slave ships. 20 million marched to protest racism in policing, The Profession is a voice police and community need to hear.” —Connie Rice, Civil Rights lawyer and author of Power Concedes Nothing
“From Boston street cop to police chief who turned around some of the nation’s largest departments, Bill Bratton’s career is without parallel. Both a skilled manager and a visionary, he consistently demonstrated that police can drive down crime and build up communities. The Profession chronicles his remarkable career while tackling the ongoing challenges of race and policing in America. As police executives across the country look to reform their agencies, Bratton’s life story is an inspiring tale of what can be done through hard work, imagination and determination.” —Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

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