Bill Bratton Retires After 2nd Stint as NYPD Commissioner

@NYPDnews/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton retired Friday, leaving One Police Plaza in a ceremonial walk-out that marked the end of his second time serving as the leader of the nation's largest police force.

Bratton, 68, was greeted by a crowd of applauding uniformed officers as he left the building this afternoon. He and his wife, Rikki Klieman, smiled and waved as they walked between two long lines of officers. Bratton was then ceremoniously driven into retirement in a 1930 Mack emergency services unit vehicle. Attendees included New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

Bratton, who began his career as a beat cop in Boston in 1970, is retiring after twice serving as New York City's police commissioner -— a position once held by Teddy Roosevelt. Has has also been the Los Angeles police chief and the Boston police commissioner. He's the only person who has led both the New York and the Los Angeles police departments.

In a letter this week to de Blasio, Bratton thanked the mayor, saying, "Serving as police commissioner during your administration has been one of the great honors of my life."

Bratton also acknowledged the people of New York and the NYPD for "working together in partnership in our neighborhood-based policing initiatives" and "forging the way forward in crime fighting and collaboration."

"Public safety is a shared responsibility, but police will always carry the larger burden," Bratton wrote. "It is impossible to quantify the many acts of bravery, kindness, and concern that our officers perform each day, but I am deeply grateful for their acts and for the privilege of working beside them for the past 33 months."

Bratton is joining consulting firm Teneo as a risk and security adviser.

Bratton announced his retirement last month. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the time said he was surprised and saddened by Bratton's departure, calling him and former commissioner Ray Kelly the "Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig" of policing.

James O'Neill, the chief of department and the NYPD's top-ranking uniformed member, was sworn in privately Friday as the new police commissioner.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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