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Blue: The LAPD And The Battle To Redeem American Policing

Tuesday December 2015


Joe Domanick Associate Director, Center of Media, Crime, and Justice John Jay College of Criminal Justice

American cities are struggling to find policing strategies that are effective, as well as politically acceptable; New York City police commissioner William Bratton has long been at the forefront of efforts to strike the right balance between the two. In BLUE: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing, Joe Domanick tells the riveting story of Bratton’s successful transformation, during 2002-09, of the police department of America’s second largest city—a period which saw Los Angeles’s violent crime rate, including homicides, drop by double-digits, and L.A.’s release from the federal oversight prompted by past abuses. BLUE reveals how Bratton did it.

A distinguished journalist, Joe Domanick is associate director of the Center of Media, Crime, and Justice at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice; author of four books, including the award-winning To Protect and Serve: The LAPD’s Century of War in the City of Dreams; and frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.