In his book, Turnaround (1998), William Bratton exclusively depicts the social discomposure in America’s major cities. He indicates his early life in Boston and his tenure at previous policing jobs that illustrates his vast desire and experience in dealing with crimes. He is a successful raconteur telling the autobiography significant police commissioner of the 20th century. His personal life is inspirational and depicts the self-improvement tradition of the Americans. He indicates Bill Bratton’s performance in an interesting but rather embroidered manner. The book is arranged roughly chronologically and intensifying to record chief changes in crime in American cities and the experiences of the so-called ‘participant-observers’ in the NYPD. Though it seemed foolhardy to fight and win a crime in every borough, Bill successfully committed himself towards delivering the promise that he had made to the people. William Bratton indicates that Bill was able to achieve various changes in New York City as far as security and crime are concerned. He, however, depicts the former police commissioners as failures by indicating how Bill could easily change the entire scenario within a short epoch. Murders fell by 50%, theft by 35%, felony crime by 39% while public confidence in the NYPD rose from 37% to 73%. Additionally, job contentment in the police section reached an unsurpassed point. William Bratton does this to inform readers the significance of changing organizational culture and strategies. Additionally, he indicates how such changes can be beneficial to the society and state at large. Collaboration is the game changer. Everyone is connected to one another and have interests in the police department of their state. A fully collabor... ... middle of paper ... ...ce of petty crimes will lead to the increment in the number of serious crimes. Just like other authors, Bratton believes that the examination of crime statistics by time, place and other factors is very effective in discovering how to organize police resources. However, all these readings fail to integrate Kauffman's ‘Theology of Consensus’ which would have enabled readers to understand and appreciate least splendid but vital aspects of the police department. As elucidated above, William Bratton successfully engages the audience in thinking about the possibility of having responsible cops and a functional police department. He does so by explaining and revealing how new strategies changed the entire operations of the NYPD and other police departments in America. Though not flawless, the book is fascinating, informing and interesting for learners and law enforcers.
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During the seventies in New Jersey created a program that could change life in society. This program occurred only in twenty-eight cities. Government and public officials were excited about this concept. Police officials were not so much. Foot patrol made officers walk in sleet and snow. Assigned foot patrol was a way of punishment for officers. State funding of foot patrol shut the mouths of some people. Silence stopped after the “Police Foundation”(Kelling) put foot patrol to the actual test. To contrary belief this rattled some arguments in the community an...
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