Stamford's Civility in America speaker series brought former police chief, William Bratton, to the Ferguson Library to address civility in law enforcement. Bratton is the only person to have led two of the largest police forces in the U.S., serving as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and the New York City Transit Police. Bratton, who was also police commissioner in Boston and New York, says civility is about respect.
When he began his policing career in the 1970s, Bratton says the public had little respect for law enforcement. Luckily, he says there has been much improvement since then. Bratton says it's important for police officers to remain fair, consistent, and respectful to the people they serve.
Bratton has held many positions and received many honors throughout his career. He says his time spent in law enforcement has made his life a meaningful one.
Bratton retired from police work in 2009 and now owns his own security and safety consulting company, The Bratton Group.
For more information about upcoming speakers in the Civility in America series, visit cityofstamford.org