James O’Neill will replace Bill Bratton as NYPD Police Commissioner. Bratton is stepping down in September, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. DeBlasio appointed Bratton in 2014, bringing back a man who led the NYPD under Rudy Giuliani and who enforced Giuliani’s “broken windows” policy.
“As the architect of our neighborhood policing program, Jimmy O’Neill has built a national model for bringing police and the community together to fight crime,” de Blasio said of the New York native who will become the city’s top cop. The neighborhood policing program has recently undergone a radical shift with a drastic reduction in NYPD’s use of “stop and frisk” techniques. A 30-year NYPD veteran, O’Neill has served under Bratton in multiple capacities. He has been commanding officer of the Firearms Training Section and the Police Academy, among other elite assignments. He currently serves as chief of the NYPD.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) August 2, 2016