The National Book Review: 5 HOT BOOKS


3. The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America by Bill Bratton and Peter Knobler (Penguin Press)


Bratton served as commissioner of police in New York City (twice), Los Angeles, and Boston, where he began as a patrolman. In October 1970, just back from Vietnam, where he had served in the 212th Sentry Dog Company, Bratton joined the Police Department and came to understand the importance of evidence-based decision-making, and resolved “to change police culture, change the day-to-day work – change what cops do.” In illustrative stories and in clearly detailed recommendations, Bratton articulates a case for creating a modern policing commission: “The country’s daily safety is in the profession’s hands, and with the collaboration between cops and community … a willingness to root out both bias and the biased, and a refusal to tolerate either brutality or aggression, we can recognize each other’s humanity – we can see each other.”


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