Altegrity names Chief of LAPD William Bratton as leader of new business unit
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Aug. 5, 2009 – Altegrity, Inc.—the global screening and security solutions provider—has named Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) William J. Bratton as Chief Executive Officer of Altegrity Security Consulting (ASC), a new business unit in Altegrity. ASC will provide products, services, and solutions—including training, information, and consulting—to law enforcement agencies and the federal government, both in the United States and overseas. Chief Bratton, who has been serving as the Chief of the LAPD since October 2002, will join Altegrity later this year and will report to Altegrity CEO Mike Cherkasky.
As CEO of this local- and federal-level government solutions business unit, Chief Bratton will oversee strategic growth, recruiting, business development, and program operations. ASC will coordinate its work with and rely on internal resources from Altegrity’s government business, USIS, to create a world-class business that provides its services in U.S. and international markets.
Chief Bratton was recruited for this leadership position because of his exceptional record of innovation and excellence in solving tough law enforcement problems and for his one-of-a-kind experience in both U.S. and international law enforcement and criminal justice system operations. He is the only person to serve as chief executive of both the LAPD and the New York Police Department (NYPD), and he has established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments, creating solutions to intractable challenges facing civilian criminal justice systems, and leveraging technology to fight crime.
Altegrity CEO Cherkasky, who has supported the law enforcement community in numerous oversight and policy development roles for the past 30 years—including 16 years of service as a prosecutor—worked closely with Chief Bratton on several occasions. This includes collaborating with Chief Bratton when he led several different law enforcement agencies in New York; when the chief provided consulting services to Kroll, Inc., which Mr. Cherkasky led at the time; and while Mr. Cherkasky served as the court-appointed Independent Monitor of the LAPD for eight years.
“I have had the great fortune to work closely with Bill in both government and private industry,” Mr. Cherkasky said. “He pulls together exceptional teams and creates a culture of excellence and integrity everywhere he goes. No one understands how to provide security services and solutions within established rules of law better than Bill Bratton.”
Altegrity CEO Cherkasky continued: “Chief Bratton is the right person to lead this team that will create specialized ‘total solution offerings’ to government clients around the world. Under our USIS business, the federal government already trusts us to perform critical background screening services for men and women who will have access to the nation’s most classified information. We have also built a strong reputation of performance in the international security training arena. Now, under Bill’s leadership, we will significantly expand our government offerings in the United States and around the world. We will provide criminal justice analysis and security solutions as well as critical support to post-conflict nations. We will help these nations create law enforcement institutions that become the foundation of self-operated criminal justice systems.”
“When Mike approached me with this opportunity, my first thought was that it would be exciting at this point in my professional career to be with a company at the forefront of national and international security,” said Chief Bratton. “I am proud to join this team that is focused on making Altegrity the undisputed leader in providing a center of excellence for law enforcement analysis and mentoring, anti-terrorism systems and training, and civilian police training. We will build ASC into a consulting and solutions provider that can partner with the government to make a difference in our country and around the world. Our focus will be on quality and results, not on quantity and just checking the box.”
LAPD Chief Bratton continued: “I am also joining this team because of Mike Cherkasky’s professional reputation and personal dedication to creating a safer world. He has built a team at Altegrity that is dedicated to being the best possible provider of solutions to their many government and commercial clients.”
ASC will assist USIS in broadening the range of products, services, and solutions provided to law enforcement agencies and the federal government, both in the United States and overseas. USIS has already trained more than 10,000 students in over 50 countries in police, anti-terrorism, and counterinsurgency techniques, and presently has training teams operating in Iraq, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Colombia. USIS is expanding its team of experienced law enforcement and criminal justice system professionals interested in serving as independent contractors on new contracts through a web-based tool that provides background information about USIS’ programs and information about new opportunities at www.usis.com/cjps.
William J. Bratton biographical details
William J. Bratton was appointed Chief of the LAPD in October 2002. In Los Angeles, Chief Bratton oversees the third largest police department in the U.S., managing more than 9,800 sworn officers, 3,000 civilian employees, and an annual budget of more than one billion dollars. After directing a major re-engineering and reform effort that emphasized individual accountability in the department, Chief Bratton has focused on initiatives aimed at using real-time information to further reduce crime, targeting gang violence, and mitigating threats posed by international terrorism. Results: After almost seven years in office, crime in Los Angeles has been reduced to historically low levels, with Part I crimes down 38 percent and homicides down 54 percent.
The only person ever to serve as chief executive of the LAPD and the NYPD, Chief Bratton has established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime. He is credited with revitalizing morale and cutting crime when he served as Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, and New York City Police Commissioner. While serving in New York, he is credited with achieving the largest crime reductions in the city’s history.
Chief Bratton led the development of COMPSTAT, the internationally acclaimed computerized crime mapping system developed by the NYPD in the 1990s, which is now used by police departments nationwide. By bringing all crime and arrest data together by category and by neighborhood, COMPSTAT revolutionized policing, allowing officers to focus efforts in problem areas, armed with real-time information and accurate intelligence supported by rapid deployment of resources and relentless follow-up procedures. From 1996 until his service in Los Angeles, Chief Bratton worked in the private sector, forming his own consulting business, The Bratton Group, LLC. The Bratton Group worked on four continents, and its efforts included extensive consulting work in South America. Chief Bratton also provided consulting services to Kroll, Inc., overseeing the monitoring team that assisted in implementing the Federal Consent Decree with the LAPD.
A U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, Chief Bratton began his policing career in 1970 as an officer with the Boston Police Department, rising to Superintendent of Police, the department’s highest sworn rank, in just 10 years. In the 1980s, Chief Bratton headed two other police agencies, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police and the Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission Police.
Chief Bratton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Boston State College (University of Massachusetts Boston). He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and was a Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also the only chief executive to serve two terms in the elected position of President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He is currently the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. A frequent lecturer, writer, and commentator in the fields of law enforcement and justice systems, Chief Bratton is the author of a critically acclaimed autobiography, Turnaround, published by Random House in 1998.
Among his many honors and awards, Chief Bratton holds the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal, which is the Boston Police Department’s highest award for valor. In 2007, Chief Bratton was honored with the Executive Leadership Award from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and was recognized by Governing Magazine as one of its Public Officials of the Year. In 2008, he was honored with the Outstanding American Award by the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation. Most notably, Chief Bratton was recently honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his exceptional contributions in promoting and enhancing operational cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom police. Chief Bratton is married to attorney Rikki Klieman and has one son, David Bratton.Media Contact:
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Altegrity, a global screening and security solutions company headquartered in Falls Church, Va., has nearly 8,000 employees in locations around the world. Altegrity, which is the holding company for USIS, HireRight, and Explore Information Services, partners with its clients to help them Make Decisions Smarter® by providing superior investigative services, specialized training, contextualized data mining, and cutting-edge software solutions. Altegrity is the largest commercial provider of background investigations for the government; a trusted supplier of criminal justice and law enforcement specialized training solutions; a globally recognized and leading supplier of on-demand employment background screening and alcohol and drug testing services to more than 25 percent of the Fortune 500; and one of the principal providers of data services to the insurance industry.