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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 20, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 8
L.A. Police Chief to Discuss Urban Crime-Fighting Strategies

William J. Bratton

By Heather Egan Stalfort
JHU Museums

William J. Bratton, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, will deliver the fourth Rebuilding America's Cities lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, presented by Johns Hopkins' Institute for Policy Studies and Evergreen Museum & Library.

Considered one of the most distinguished law enforcement leaders in the country, Bratton is a strong advocate of transparent community policing that embraces partnership, problem solving and prevention. In his talk, Bratton will discuss what it takes to make and keep a city safe, drawing on his 30 years of experience successfully fighting crime.

Sandra Newman, director of IPS, said, "Recognizing that rebuilding America's cities extends well beyond physical rebuilding, we felt it was important to address the socioeconomic realm. Chief Bratton is a storied person in the criminal justice field, and this topic could not be more relevant to the rebuilding of Baltimore."

Bratton was appointed the 54th chief of the Los Angeles Police Department by Mayor James Hahn in 2002 and in 2007 was appointed to a second five-year term. After Bratton's first four years in office, crime in Los Angeles had been reduced to historically low levels, with violent crimes down 25 percent and homicides down 27 percent. Bratton previously served as police commissioner of New York City, from 1994 to 1996, and is credited with revitalizing the police force of that city and effecting a 10 percent a year drop in crime.

The lecture is made possible by the Provost's Office, the Evergreen House Foundation, the Goldseker Foundation, the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and several anonymous donors.

The event will be held in the Evergreen Carriage House at Evergreen Museum & Library. Because seating is limited, an RSVP is encouraged. To reserve a place, or for more information, e-mail or go to

Bratton's talk marks Evergreen Museum & Library's eighth Garrett Lecture on Urban Issues, a series that commemorates the interest of the Garrett family, the former owners of Evergreen, in recreation, civic improvement and urban planning.

Previous Rebuilding America's Cities lectures were presented by Forest City developer Ronald Ratner in May 2008 ("American Cities: Does Size Matter?"); New Orleans recovery czar Edward J. Blakely in May 2007 ("New Orleans: The Challenge of Rebuilding"); and architecture critic Paul Goldberger in April 2006 ("After the World Trade Center and Katrina: The Struggle to Repair the Broken City").


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