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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Dodgers beef up stadium security

By Tony Jackson
ESPNLosAngeles.com

DENVER -- The Los Angeles Dodgers, in an apparent response to an assault that took place in the parking lot of their ballpark last week that left one victim hospitalized in a medically induced coma and with possible brain damage, have hired former Los Angeles police chief William J. Bratton to improve security policies and fan services at Dodger Stadium.

Bratton presently serves as chairman of Kroll, a company described by its website as "the world's leading risk consulting company." According to a release issued by the Dodgers, Bratton will be assisted in his work for the Dodgers by a team from Kroll.

"Bill Bratton is widely credited with spearheading modern community policing in America," Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in the release. "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. ... We are committed to ensuring that Dodger Stadium remains a family-friendly environment for all baseball fans."

Bratton, 63, was chief of the LAPD from 2002 until his resignation in 2009. He previously served as commissioner of both the New York and Boston police departments.

The Dodgers have been widely criticized for a perceived lack of adequate security since three San Francisco Giants fans were assaulted by two Dodgers fans in Parking Lot 2 following the Dodgers' victory over the Giants in their season opener last Thursday. One of those victims, Bryan Stow of Santa Cruz, Calif., has been hospitalized ever since the attack. He was placed in a medically induced coma in hopes of reducing swelling of the brain, and doctors now fear he may have suffered brain damage as a result of the attack.

The two unidentified suspects remain at large, but there is a total of $100,000 in reward money for information leading to their capture, including $25,000 put up by the Dodgers.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.