In several instances, the COIB advised Bloomberg's incoming staff to sell stock holdings and real estate interests and resign from private-sector boards and executive positions before taking public office, and also to recuse themselves from certain business while in office. For example, Daniel Doctoroff, whom Bloomberg appointed deputy mayor for economic development in 2002, had to resign from the boards of multiple companies and place his stock portfolio in a blind trust administered by an independent third party. He was barred for the duration of his tenure as a city official from involving himself in any matters concerning Oak Hill Capital, the private equity firm in which he had been a partner.

ShotSpotter is a California engineering company that designs and builds gunshot-detection systems that are deployed in more than 80 cities. New York City has no contracts with ShotSpotter, but according to city records, in 2009 and 2010 the company hired the Greenberg Traurig law firm to lobby the mayor's office and the NYPD. Bratton joined ShotSpotter's board earlier this year, after Motorola Solutions invested $12 million in the company. Motorola declines to say whether Bratton's role with ShotSpotter is related to the investment.

Back in 2008, when he was leading the LAPD, Bratton advised the city to purchase ShotSpotter's system. "Should funding become available," he wrote to the L.A. Police Commission, "the Department would benefit from the use of this technology."

William J. "Bill" Bratton, NYC's police commissioner in the mid-1990s, might return under Bill de Blasio.
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William J. "Bill" Bratton, NYC's police commissioner in the mid-1990s, might return under Bill de Blasio.

Earlier this year, Bratton formed his own company, Bratton Technologies, which is developing a LinkedIn–style social network for law enforcement officers. John Roderick, a spokesman for Bratton Technologies, says Bratton isn't answering journalists' queries about the possibility of rejoining the NYPD. Roderick adds that Bratton Technologies' BlueLine social network is nearing its launch, and that, unlike products offered by Motorola Solutions, ShotSpotter, and Kroll, "it's not sold to police departments." Says Roderick: "It's free to join, offered to individual officers."

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