Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio on Thursday morning named William J. Bratton to lead the New York Police Department.
The move will return Mr. Bratton to the helm of the nation’s largest force at a time of historically low crime rates and a deepening rift between officers and the public. The appointment has been highly anticipated and will most likely be among the most consequential for Mr. de Blasio, who turned discontent with the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices into a key part of his winning election run.
Mr. Bratton rose to international prominence after his first tenure as police commissioner in New York in the mid-1990s and had been considered a front-runner since Mr. de Blasio began mentioning his name on the campaign trail. Mr. de Blasio promoted Mr. Bratton, 66, as representing a change from the Bloomberg administration, saying that a rift had built up between the police and the people they serve.
“He is going to bring police and community back together,” Mr. de Blasio said.