Bill Bratton Reports For Duty in Oakland

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    Cheryl Hurd
    Bill Bratton meets the press.

    A former top cop, who was hired by the city of Oakland to help make major changes to a city having major problems with crime is speaking out for the first time.

    Former LAPD police chief and now consultant Bill Bratton held a news conference Wednesday at police headquarters.

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    He says bringing down the number of homicides, robberies and burglaries are his top priority.

    Bratton also says that will be tough when you have a police department that needs a lot more police officers.

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    “It’s a department, I’m sure you can appreciate, is severely under staffed. And when you have such a small department for a large and vital city it’s important to focus those officers appropriately,” Bratton said.

    Bratton will be working alongside Thomas Fraizer who was appointed on Monday by a federal Judge to be a compliance director in the city of Oakland.