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Stop and frisk a dilemma for Bratton as NYPD head

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By JONATHAN LEMIRE
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - William Bratton will find a very different NYPD than the one he led nearly 20 years ago.

Crime has fallen to record lows. The nation's largest police force now has a large counterterrorism unit born after the Sept. 11 attacks.

And stop-and-frisk, which Bratton has used at every stop in his decorated career, has come under sharp criticism.

One of those critics is Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who appointed Bratton police commissioner on Thursday.

De Blasio believes stop-and-frisk unfairly targets minorities and has hurt police-community relations.

He also says he believes Bratton is the right man to keep crime low while repairing those bonds.

The tactic's supporters believe it drives down crime.

Bratton believes stop-and-frisk should be used in moderation. He said the distrust of police "can be corrected."

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