Famed former police chief: Oakland crime fight a 'winnable situation'
William Bratton is being counted on to help the city's undermanned police force beat back a surge in violent crime
By Matthew Artz
The Oakland Tribune
OAKLAND, Calif. — Famed police chief-turned-consultant William Bratton oozed confidence Wednesday during his first public appearance in Oakland, where he is being counted on to help the city's undermanned police force beat back a surge in violent crime.
"I think this is a very winnable situation here in Oakland," he said during a hastily announced news conference with police leaders at department headquarters. "I think there is a lot of opportunity here to make some early gains very quickly."
Bratton's success achieving major crime reductions while at the helm of police departments in New York City and Los Angeles have made him one of the world's most respected law enforcement experts.