Meet Bill Bratton at 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon in NYC (Videos)

AST's keynote speaker at the 2019 'ASTORS' Awards Luncheon will be William J. Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department (BPD), former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk.
AST's keynote speaker at the 2019 'ASTORS' Awards Luncheon will be William J. Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department (BPD), former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk.

William J. Bratton, who is delivering the keynote address at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues.

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.

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.)

Time is Running Out to Enter Your Agency, Firm, or an Individual in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

Carolyn Crandall, Chief Deception Officer and CMO, of Attivo Networks, was recognized for the company's groundbreaking cyber technology innovations in the 2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Program with record Seven Award Recognitions and a coveted 2018 'Extraordinary Leadership Award.'
Carolyn Crandall, Chief Deception Officer and CMO, of Attivo Networks, was recognized for the company’s groundbreaking cyber technology innovations in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program with record Seven Award Recognitions and a coveted 2018 ‘Extraordinary Leadership Award.’

Enter Early to Maximize Media Coverage of your Products and Services at Kickoff, and Get the Recognition Your Organization Deserves!The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

Why the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program?

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.’

David Enderle, President of Automatic Systems America, accepting a coveted 2018 'ASTORS' Extraordinary Leadership Award at ISC East.
David Enderle, VP of Sales at Automatic Systems, accepting a desirable 2018 ‘Extraordinary Leadership Award at ISC East for the company’s pedestrian, vehicle and passenger entry control solutions

Please see our 2019 List of Categories which include a broad spectrum of opportunities for your organization to compete – and whether you represent a Homeland Physical Security Vendor, a Technology Security Vendor, or a Federal, State or Municipal Agency, we urge you to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to Compete and Distinguish Your Achievements from your competitors.

Acknowledge the Most Distinguished Vendors of Physical, IT, Cyber, Port of Entry Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Perimeter Protection, Communications as well as Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies in Acknowledgment of Their Outstanding Efforts to: ‘Keep our Nation Safe – One City at a Time’

Time is Running Out to Enter the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards and Receive the Recognition your Organization Deserves at


Comprehensive List of Categories Include:

Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
Facial/IRIS Recognition Body Worn Video Product Cyber Security
Video Surveillance/VMS Mobile Technology Anti-Malware
Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
Thermal/Infrared Camera Mass Notification System Fire & Safety
Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!

Don’t see a Direct Hit for your Product, Agency or Organization?

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at:

(Learn More about the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program from Mike Madsen, Publisher, during an impromptu interview following the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Ceremony at ISC East, on November 14th, 2018. Courtesy of AST and YouTube.)

2018 Government Excellence Award Winners in the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

The following Government Agencies were recognized in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards:

(Learn About the DARPA Subterranean Challenge working with multidisciplinary teams from around the world to compete in the development of the autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility technologies necessary to map explore and search underground networks in unpredictable conditions. Courtesy of DARPAtv and YouTube.)

(The Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) is a gps communications tool that runs on a mobile device. It improves situational awareness by allowing users to know where their mission partners are located, regardless of affiliation, improves communications through a variety of applications and was successfully used in 2017 Hurricane operations in Houston and Puerto Rico. Courtesy of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)

(DHS S&T’s Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform provides a safe, immersive environment where first responders, and now educators, can hone their skills and prepare for a multitude of incident responses. Built on the same video gaming platforms as popular titles like Fortnite, EDGE was intentionally designed to be easily accessed, easily used, and easily integrated into agencies’ existing training protocols. Courtesy of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)

(Learn About the FBI VCAC Program, and hear from Special Agent Danielle Messineo, who works in the Crimes Against Children division, trying to prevent future victims by giving presentations to schoolchildren. Courtesy of USA Network and YouTube.)

(Learn About the Joint Interagency Task Force South on Key West, Florida, a multi-agency, international alliance whose mission is to cover 42 million square miles of territory primarily in Central and South America to stem the flow of illegal drugs and to disrupt and dismantle sophisticated narco-trafficking networks. Much of that work is carried out on the high seas. Courtesy of Doug Brumbaugh and YouTube.)

(U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operates the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit (HRVWCU) within the National Security Investigations Division (NSID). Preceded by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, HSI has more than 30 years of experience in successfully investigating human rights violators. The unit conducts investigations focused on human rights violations in an effort to prevent the United States from becoming a safe haven to those individuals who engage in the commission of war crimes, genocide, torture and other forms of serious human rights abuses from conflicts around the globe. When foreign war crimes suspects, persecutors and human rights abusers are identified within U.S. borders, the unit utilizes its powers and authorities to the fullest extent of the law to investigate, prosecute and, whenever possible, remove any such offenders from the United States. Courtesy of ICE and YouTube.)

Individuals Recognized for ‘Excellence in Homeland Security’ in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program are as follows:

  • Edward Reinhold, Deputy Assistant Director, FBI (Ret)

  • Joel McNellyCharlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

  • Matt QuillenBristol Virginia Police Department

  • Stanley I. WhiteCounterintelligence Advisor, the International Association for Counterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP)

  • Thomas HomanActing Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (Ret)

  • Thomas O’ConnorPresident of the FBI Agents Association

2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program Industry Experts Include

Ameristar Perimeter Security, ATI Systems (Acoustic Technology Inc.), Attivo Networks, BriefCamCanon U.S.A., Entrust Datacard, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, HID Global,

ISS – Intelligent Security Systems, Ivanti, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Milestone Systems, Lenel, LRAD Corporation, Milestone Systems,

Orolia, NICE, Pivot3, Rave Mobile Safety, Royal Holdings, Senstar Corporation, SolarWinds, Verint, Viasat, and More!

For a complete list of award winners, click here.

2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
AST focuses on New and Evolving Security Threats at All Levels of Homeland Security and Public Safety for personnel who are on the front lines of protecting our communities, cities and nation.

AST focuses on New and Evolving Security Threats at All Levels of Homeland Security and Public Safety for personnel who are on the front lines of protecting our communities, cities and nation.The highlight of the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program will be the Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East at the Javits Convention Center on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

AST reaches both the private and public experts, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.

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For Luncheon Sponsorship Opportunities and More, please contact Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at: or call 732.233.8119 (mobile) or 646-450-6027 (office).

Proud Sponsors of the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program include ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic Systems, and Desktop Alert.

2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon

Be sure to Register Early for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East 2019 to ensure your place at this limited- space event!

Why American Security Today?

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.

The old traditional security marketplace has been covered by a host of security publications that have changed little over many years.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that provides our readers with solutions to their challenges.

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The editorial calendar and AST’s high drawing website features 23 different Technology and Marketing 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 vital Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other Potential targets of terrorism.These sectors are part of the new integration, where these major applications communicate with one another in a variety of solutions to protect our cities and critical infrastructure.

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