Commissioner Bill Bratton Honored as 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Person of the Year

Mike Madsen, AST Publisher (at left); and Tammy Waitt, Managing Director (at right); presenting Commissioner William J. Bratton with his 2019 'ASTORS' Person of the Year Award at the 'ASTORS' Awards Luncheon at ISC East.
Mike Madsen, AST Publisher (at left); and Tammy Waitt, Managing Director (at right); presenting Commissioner William J. Bratton with his 2019 'ASTORS' Person of the Year Award at the 'ASTORS' Awards Luncheon at ISC East.

Commissioner William J. Bratton, one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues and Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk a global advisory firm, was recognized as the ‘2019 ‘ASTORS’ Person of the Year’ for his Lifetime of Dedication and Extraordinary Leadership in Homeland Security and Public Safety.

During his almost 50-year career in law, he instituted progressive change and dramatic drops in crime while leading six police departments, including seven years as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and two nonconsecutive terms as the Police Commissioner of the City of New York.

He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of America’s two largest cities.

The award was presented by Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH), who has known Commissioner Bratton for 45 years.

Kathleen Kiernan and Bill Bratton, who became friends 45 years ago when Dr. Kiernan was an undergraduate doing research at Northeastern, and Commissioner Bratton was a Sergeant at the Boston Police Department.
Kathleen Kiernan and Bill Bratton became friends 45 years ago when Dr. Kiernan was an undergraduate doing research at Northeastern, and Commissioner Bratton was a Sergeant at the Boston Police Department.

As the Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, Commissioner Bratton advises clients on risk identification, prevention, and response.

Teneo Risk addresses six key areas: cyber security, infrastructure protection, counterterrorism, health advisory, internal threat mitigation and crisis management.

Prior to assuming his role at Teneo Risk, Commissioner Bratton was the 42nd police commissioner of the City of New York from January 2014 to September 2016.

It was the second time he held the post.

During that time, he oversaw 32 months of declining crime, including historic lows for murders and robberies.

(Don Lemon joined NYPD’s Bill Bratton for a wide-ranging interview that touches upon racial profiling, body cameras, and the state of policing in America in April of 2015. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on Apr 22, 2015.)

At the same time, he initiated an unprecedented Neighborhood Policing program to close the gap between the NYPD and the communities it serves.

Neighborhood Policing refocused resources on the underlying issues in individual neighborhoods, connected cops with community partners, enhanced outreach and communication strategies, and was a cornerstone of “precision policing”—the practice of identifying the few who create crime and disorder while safeguarding the many.

Commissioner Bratton also spearheaded the first major technological overhaul in the NYPD in years, the Mobile Digital Initiative, which gave a smartphone with custom-designed apps to every officer and put a tablet in every patrol car.

The NYPD mobility initiative has made NYPD police officers "more agile" in their response to 911 calls, and brought response times down. (Courtresy of the NYPD)
The NYPD mobility initiative has made NYPD police officers “more agile” in their response to 911 calls, and brought response times down. (Courtresy of the NYPD)

These devices put an entire precinct’s data capabilities in the palm of an officer’s hand, allowing them to read details about calls for help, research locations of interest, search names and license plates, and complete paperwork, all while remaining in the field.

Additionally, the ever-changing threat picture in the world’s number one target for terrorism mandated major reforms to the NYPD’s already robust counterterrorism capabilities.

In response, Commissioner Bratton developed two new units—the Critical Response Command (CRC) and the Strategic Response Group (SRG)—which now provide the city with more than 1,000 highly trained and properly equipped officers who are dedicated to counterterrorism, large-scale mobilizations, site security, and rapid deployment citywide.

(Take a look inside look at the NYPD’s prestigious Strategic Response Group. Courtesy of Eyewitness News ABC 7.)

A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Commissioner Bratton began his career in 1970 as a beat cop in the Boston Police Department.

In 1976 he was awarded the department’s highest citation for valor— The Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal—for facing down a bank robber and rescuing a hostage.

By 1980 he had risen to Superintendent of Police, the BPD’s highest sworn position.

(NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton showed off the departments new Strategic Response Group which is designed to help during emergencies such as active shooter situations and terrorist acts. Courtesy of the New York Daily News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 16, 2015.)

In the 1990s, Commissioner Bratton established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime.

As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, and in his first term as New York City Police Commissioner, he revitalized morale and cut crime in all three posts, achieving the largest crime declines in New York City’s history.

At the NYPD in 1994 and 1995, he led the development of CompStat, the internationally acclaimed command accountability system now in use by police departments nationwide.

(William Bratton, Police Commissioner, New York City Police Department and Member, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration speaks on Policing and Accountability in the Digital Age. [Beginning at 14:30 of video.] Co-sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice and the Policing Project at NYU School of Law. Courtesy of the NYU School of Law and YouTube. Posted on Sep 19, 2016.)

CompStat employs accurate, real-time intelligence, rapid deployment of resources, relentless follow-up, and accountability systems to focus the work of police on stopping crimes before they happen.

As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009, in a city known for its racial tensions, entrenched gang culture and youth violence, he brought crime to historically low levels, greatly improved race relations, and reached out to young people with a range of innovative police programs.

At the LAPD he also led the creation of its Real Time and Predictive Policing initiatives, while successfully implementing the country’s largest federal consent decree.

(In a city with a long history of law-enforcement friction, activists and the Los Angeles Police Department are squaring off again. The latest crime-fighting controversy isn’t over issues like police brutality, corruption or gangs — it’s all about data. And the ways police are using it. Courtesy of CBC News: The National and YouTube. Posted on Sep 24, 2018.)

The recipient of many honors throughout his career, Mr. Bratton was named by Security magazine as one of 2010’s most influential people in the security industry based on his leadership qualities and the positive impact that his work has made on organizations, colleagues, and the general public.

Courtesy of TIME Magazine
Courtesy of TIME Magazine

This was the second time in two years that he has appeared on the magazine’s list of most influential security executives.

In 2007 he received Governing Magazine’s “Public Official of the Year Award.”

In January 1996 he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and was featured in the article “Finally, We’re Winning the War Against Crime.”

And in 2009, for his collaborative efforts in working with U.S. and British police forces, he was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

A noted author, commentator, and consultant, Police Commissioner Bratton holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston State College (now the University of Massachusetts Boston) and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute.

The Turnaround and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more The Turnaround: How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic
The Turnaround: How America’s Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic

At Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he was a Senior Executive Fellow in Criminal Justice and a member of the school’s National Executive Session on Policing.

He has twice served as President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and in 2009 served as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council.

His critically acclaimed autobiography Turnaround, with Peter Knobler, was published by Random House in 1998.

In 2012, Mr. Bratton and Zachary Tumin, a senior researcher at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, co- authored a management leadership book, Collaborate or Perish, published by Random House.

(Hear from Bill Bratton on “Collaborate or Perish!” Courtesy of TheStreet: Investing Strategies and YouTube. Posted on Jan 19, 2012.)

He is currently working with Peter Knobler on an untitled memoir of his almost 50-year career, to be published by Random House in 2019.

Teneo Risk Physical and Cyber Security Risk Advisory

Led by Bratton, Teneo Risk is leading security and risk practitioners with backgrounds from the world’s most respected corporate, intelligence, public-safety, public-health and technology organizations.

Teneo Risk helps organizations identify threats and implement solutions to protect their most valuable assets: people, property and business processes.

The company’s solutions incorporate Teneo’s wider platform of services which includes crisis communications, reputation management, insurance, security organization design, talent sourcing, corporate governance and global risk intelligence.

(Teneo is the global CEO advisory firm. Working exclusively with the CEOs and senior executives of the world’s leading companies, Teneo provides strategic counsel across their full range of key objectives and issues. Our clients include a significant number of the Fortune 100 and FTSE 100, as well as other global corporations. Integrating the disciplines of strategic communications, investor relations, digital advisory, diversity & inclusion, management consulting, physical & cyber risk advisory, financial advisory, corporate governance advisory, political risk advisory, and talent advisory, Teneo solves for the most complex business challenges and opportunities. Courtesy of Teneo and YouTube. Posted on Nov 19, 2018.)

Comm Bratton Honored with ‘ASTORS’ 2019 Person of the Year Award

William J. Bratton

  • ‘2019 ASTORS Person of the Year’

  • Extraordinary Leadership in Homeland Security and Public Safety

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program surpassed expectations with a record number of nominations received from industry leaders and government agencies, and drew over 200 attendees to the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Banquet – an exclusive gourmet luncheon and networking opportunity which filled to capacity, before having to turn away late registrants.

2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon. (Front row, left to right), Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, Founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH); Commissioner Bill Bratton, Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk; John F. Clark, CEO of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC); (Back row, left to right), David Cagno, Senior VP and Managing Director of Teneo; Bill Rendina, Founder and CEO of Valor Systems, Inc.; Ginger Dhaliwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Upflex; David Song, Chief Marketing Officer at KGH; Kenneth Peterson, Founder and CEO of Churchill & Harriman, Inc.; and Charles Swan, Chief of Engineering, Department of Defense.

Commissioner Bratton, delivered the keynote address at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon, effectively walking attendees through 50 years of American policing history, the impacts of policing on our communities, and the evolution of critical communication capabilities in our post 9/11 landscape.

Thank you to Commissioner Bratton for his impassioned address, and for making the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Luncheon an overwhelming success.

It was our distinct pleasure to have you share your expertise with all those in attendance!

Why the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program?

2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

American Security Today’s comprehensive Annual Homeland Security Awards Program is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responders, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

Over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included: 

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
  • United States Marine Corps
  • The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
  • United States Postal Inspection Service
  • DHS S&T 
  • United States Marshals Service (USMS)
  • The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police (PAPD)
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • The New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (NYS DHSES)
  • United States Border Patrol
  • AlertMedia, Ameristar Perimeter Security, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, Bellevue University, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., CornellCookson, Drone Aviation, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, HID Global, IPVideo Corp., Konica Minolta Business Solutions, LenelS2, ManTech, Regroup Mass Notifications, SafeLogic, SolarWinds, Senstar, ShotSpotter, Smiths Detection, TCOM LP, Trackforce, Verint, and More!

Why American Security Today?

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that hold readers eyes throughout the story with cutting edge editorial that provides solutions to their challenges.

Harness the Power of the Web – with our 100% Mobile Friendly Publications

AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.
AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.

The AST Digital Publications is distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals in federal, state and local levels.


AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.

Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.

American Security Today

These experts are from Government at the federal, state and local level as well as from private firms allied to government.

AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.

AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.

For additional information on the2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, Be on the lookout for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Championship Edition Magazine – the Best Products of 2019 ‘A Year in Review’.

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