William Bratton, a 1975 alumnus of Boston State College, was named commissioner of the New York Police Department on Thursday, as reported in the New York Times and other media outlets.
Bratton, who was appointed by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, will begin his second tour as New York City police chief. He previously served in the role from 1994-1996 under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He has also served as the top law enforcement official in Boston and Los Angeles.
The Dorchester native attended classes at Boston State College, which later became a part of UMass Boston, while working as a police officer in the city. He served as the Boston Police Department’s first liaison to the gay community before rising to the commissioner’s post.
“My education at Boston State was simultaneous to my education as an officer on the streets of Boston,” said Bratton, who has built a reputation for improving the relationships between police departments and minority communities.
“It solidified some things that had already been shaped—an appreciation of cities, appreciation of the importance of police. Going to Boston State College allowed me to be a better policeman and a better police chief.”
To learn more about Chief Bratton, read our Why UMass Boston? profile.