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
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
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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