Thanking NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton & His Wife Rikki Klieman For Their Service to New York City
“[Yesterday] signaled the end of Mr. Bratton’s second stint running the department, and a changing of the guard for the nation’s largest municipal police force. It also was the conclusion of a law enforcement career spanning more than four decades, during which Mr. Bratton also led agencies in Los Angeles and Boston, and became one of the most influential figures in American policing.”
–The New York Times (September 17, 2016)
“Bill Bratton just deserves all of our thanks.”
–NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio
We had the pleasure and privilege of attending multiple swearing-in ceremonies for Commissioner William J. Bratton, one of the most renowned crimefighters in American history.
Yesterday, it was bittersweet to spend the day with Commissioner Bratton and his wife Rikki Klieman at One Police Plaza on Bill’s last day in office.
Like many New Yorkers, we’ll miss knowing that our beloved city is being kept safe in his most capable hands.
But as friends of Rikki and Bill, we’re hopeful that we’ll have the pleasure of seeing even more of them once they’re no longer under the 24/7 stresses of public service.
Our congratulations to Bill and Rikki on this momentous week in their lives (and our best wishes to new NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, whom we also know firsthand to be a pretty terrific guy himself).
And again…”Thanks, Bratman!”
Bramhall’s World – Editorial Cartoons
Marking his final day as New York City police commissioner, William J. Bratton marched through a receiving line of hundreds of officers on Friday afternoon, a joyful smile filling his face as he exited Police Headquarters to cheers and the wail of bagpipes, which all but drowned out a small number of protesters.
Friday was William Bratton’s final day at the helm of the New York Police Department but it also marked a farewell to his wife, Rikki Klieman, one of the most public and engaged first ladies of the NYPD in history.