The Latest: Outgoing NYPD chief to join consulting firm

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Posted: Aug 02, 2016 3:52 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the announcement that New York City's police commissioner is stepping down:

3:50 p.m.

A global consulting firm says the New York Police Department's outgoing commissioner will head its new risk division this fall.

Teneo Holdings CEO Declan Kelly says in a statement posted on the company's website Tuesday that William Bratton brings unique expertise to the job. The company says the new division will advise companies and CEOs on a range of issues from cyber security to city planning to crisis response and anti-terrorism.

Bratton announced Tuesday that he's leaving the NYPD "with great reluctance" in September.

The New York-based firm he's going to was founded by Douglas Band, a former aide to President Bill Clinton. A longtime aide to current Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, worked for the company in 2012 while also advising Clinton at the State Department.

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2:40 p.m.

The president of New York City's largest police union says he looks forward to working with the incoming commissioner on issues important to his rank-and-file.

Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association said Tuesday that the top priority is "supporting and protecting police officers on the street." He also mentioned compensation, staffing, equipment and training.

The outgoing commissioner, William Bratton, stressed progress in those areas as he announced Tuesday that he would be resigning his post atop the nation's largest police force.

Lynch also thanked Bratton for his service in what he called "a very challenging period for the NYPD and its members."

Bratton says he's leaving the post "with great reluctance" in September to accept an undisclosed offer in the private sector.

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1:10 p.m.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says he's leaving the post "with great reluctance" in September to accept an undisclosed offer in the private sector.

Bratton said Tuesday he will be staying in New York City.

He says an ongoing corruption probe has nothing to do with his decision. He said it's just the "right time" for him and his wife.

Bratton says he told Mayor Bill de Blasio on July 8 that he would be retiring in mid-September.

He joked that he had to pick the mayor up off the floor. Then they had a two-hour conversation.

James O'Neill, the department's top chief, will succeed Bratton. A Brooklyn native, O'Neill has risen through the NYPD's ranks for over 30 years. He started as a patrolman in the transit system.

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12:10 p.m.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is resigning his post atop the nation's largest police force.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says Bratton will retire next month, and that James O'Neill, the department's top chief, will succeed him.

Bratton had said last month that he would not remain head of the NYPD past the end of de Blasio's first term in 2017.

Bratton is in his second stint as commissioner in New York. He led the department for more than two years in the mid-1990s and began serving as de Blasio's police commissioner in January 2014.

He recently heaped praise on O'Neill.

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12:05 p.m.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is resigning his post atop the nation's largest police force.

That's according to a person briefed on the commissioner's resignation. The person was not authorized to speak publicly before a press conference announcing it and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Bratton had said last month that he would not remain head of the NYPD past the end of Mayor Bill de Blasio's first term in 2017.

Bratton is in his second stint as commissioner in New York. He led the department for more than two years in the mid-1990s and began serving as de Blasio's police commissioner in January 2014.

He recently heaped praise on the commander he installed as the top chief of the NYPD, James O'Neill.