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Bratton won't head Scotland Yard, British official decides

August 17, 2011 |  7:21 am

William J. Bratton at Dodger Stadium
Former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton will not be the next head of Scotland Yard, despite being called in to advise British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bratton had spoken openly of his desire for the office, but British Home Secretary Theresa May, who gets to choose the next commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, as the office is formally known,  said the job must go to a holder of a British passport. She cited the office's responsibility for counter-terrorism.

"I absolutely believe that we will be able to find from amongst our ranks the sort of tough crime fighter equipped to lead the Metropolitan Police and drive down crime in our capital," May said.

Although Bratton was dubbed Supercop by some tabloids in England, a number of British officials had declared opposition to importing American police methods.

In choosing the next commissioner, May must consider the views of London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Metropolitan Police Authority.

Bratton resigned from the LAPD in 2009 to head a private security firm.


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Photo: Former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton outside Dodger Stadium in April. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times