At Elysian Park this morning, Chief Bratton was sworn in for his second 5-year term, making history as the first Los Angeles Police Chief appointed to a second term since the 1992 City Charter change, and as the first Chief in LAPD history to serve consecutive back-to-back terms. The Chief was sworn in by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with his wife, Rikki Klieman, his father, William E. Bratton, his son, David Bratton, and Los Angeles Police Commission President Anthony Pacheco looking on. In a touching scene that broke from tradition, the senior Mr. Bratton performed the pinning of the badge on his son, the Chief.
In his acceptance remarks, Chief Bratton referred to having met, with the help of the talented men and women of the LAPD, his original four goals of removing the tarnish from the LAPD badge, reducing crime, achieving terrorism prevention and preparedness, and delivering compliance with the Federal Consent Decree. He spoke of the badge, the most famous badge in the policing profession, and stated that with the support of the Department and the Police Commissioners, he felt as though he had two badges shielding him, in effect. He thanked the many people he’s known and worked with along the way, many of whom were present, and then he thanked the sworn and civilian staff of the Los Angeles Police Department for their hard work and complimented them on the results of their efforts.
Describing a moment from Chief Bratton’s original job interview, California Senator Alex Padilla told of Chief Bratton’s response when asked what he would like his LAPD legacy to be. The Chief said he would know he had been successful if, years after the job had ended, the changes that had been implemented during his tenure were still in place and generating positive results. In his speech today, the Chief stated his belief that the work he and the members of the Department have done- and will continue to do- were indeed laying the foundation for the LAPD’s success far into the future.
Dignitaries past and present turned out to show their support for the Chief. Among the notable guests were former Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn and former Los Angeles Police Commission President Rick Caruso, each of whom the Chief acknowledged for the large roles they played in his being here today. Speakers included Jerry Brown, Attorney General of California; Mayor Villaraigosa; Eric Garcetti, City Council President; Ed Reyes, City Councilmember, 1st District; Mr. Pacheco; Senator Padilla; and Andrea Sheridan-Ordin, Los Angeles Police Commissioner and former member of the Christopher Commission. Also on the dais were many Los Angeles City Councilmembers; Police Commissioners John Mack, Shelley Freeman, and Alan Skobin; Chiefs of Police from other area departments; Karen Wagener, President of the Police Foundation; Assistant Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs of the Los Angeles Police Department; and more. In the audience were numerous community leaders, the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department, and family and friends of Chief Bratton. The actors James Caan, Sylvester Stallone and Angie Dickinson, of Police Woman fame, were also present.