Los Angeles Chief of Police William J. Bratton, the only person ever to serve as chief executive of the Los Angeles and the New York police departments, has endorsed San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in her run for California Attorney General.

“As a career prosecutor with a proven track record of innovation and success, Kamala Harris knows what it takes to effective fight crime and keep out streets safe,” Bratton said. “I know that when Kamala Harris is California’s next attorney general, everyone in law enforcement – from police chiefs and sheriffs to the cops who walk the beat – will have an ally in California’s attorney general.”

Bratton was appointed chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in October 2002. According to the department’s Web site, it is the third largest police department in the United States. Bratton manages 9,300 sworn officers, 3,000 civilian employees and an annual budget of more than $1 billion.

He has also served as chief of the New York City Transit Police, and as Boston Police Commissioner and New York City Police Commissioner.

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