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Bratton Takes Message of Change to Legal Community

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Police Commissioner William Bratton is extending an olive branch to the courts, who have sometimes been critical of the New York City Police Department. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Speaking to a room full of judges, prosecutors and lawyers Friday, Police Commissioner William Bratton was clear to say he wants to be on their side of the law.

"I'm sure the judges here today, and there are a number of you who will be relieved about that, that we are not trying to usurp your responsibilities," Bratton said.

During the controversy over stop, question and frisk, a number of cases came up where judges and district attorneys questioned if officers had reasonable suspicion to frisk so many people. Bratton told the crowd that officers would be trained to follow the law to the letter.

"The police are, of course, a critical link in the chain of justice," he said. "They must never do anything to jeopardize the integrity of that chain."

He emphasized that rookie office will be mentored by veterans of the force.

"My goal is to give every New York cop, every New York recruit a perfect partner, because the habits of that first year are going to last the next 20," Bratton said.

The Citizens Crime Commission hosted the breakfast. Its president, Richard Aborn, said that Bratton has already reached out for assistance.

"He knows there's a lot of talent in New York, and he intends to tap into it," Aborn said. He's not shy about asking people to help, and people have not be shy about offering to help."

Looking for more help, Bratton said that he will name more deputy commissioners in the next two weeks. But what about current high-ranking uniformed commanders?

"Also notifying people in the department who I intend to keep in their existing commands of that fact. Others may be moved to different assignments," Bratton said.

Bratton said that the New York City Police Department is also working on using Twitter, Facebook and other social media a lot more to get the department's message out to the public.

"The idea that there should be no secrets in the NYPD," Bratton said. "So we're going to do more to open up the organization, to make it more inclusive, to make our information more readily available."

By using social media, the public will be able to reply instantly to let the NYPD know how it's really doing in every corner of the city.

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