Dodgers bring on former LA police chief

Dodgers bring on former LA police chief

The Dodgers on Wednesday announced that they have hired Kroll chairman and former Los Angeles police chief William J. Bratton to advise the team on procedures and policies related to security and fan services.

"Bill Bratton is widely credited with spearheading modern community policing in America," Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement. "There is no one better to lead a top-to-bottom review of our current practices and make recommendations to be implemented now and into the future."

The move comes after Giants fan Bryan Stow was critically injured in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31 after the Dodgers' 2-1 Opening Night victory. Stow was punched in the back of the head by two unidentified assailants and fell to the pavement, according to The Associated Press. He is in critical condition.

"We are committed to ensuring that Dodger Stadium remains a family-friendly environment for all baseball fans," McCourt said.

Bratton and Kroll, a top risk consulting firm, are to start working with the Dodgers immediately. A former police commissioner in Boston and New York City as well as a former chief in L.A., Bratton is considered an expert in the field, and as a police department head, he developed a track record of reducing violent crimes.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to return to Los Angeles to consult with the Dodger organization on the security posture at Dodger Stadium," Bratton said. "We will take a full and comprehensive look at security procedures and processes, and make recommendations based on our findings."

The Dodgers have long held a working partnership with the LAPD.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.