Ex-LAPD Chief Bratton interested in heading Scotland Yard
Throughout his tenure as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, William J. Bratton was fond of saying that the post would be the last such job he would hold.
And for a while, it appeared big city police work might be behind him for good.
Bratton became the chairman of the global security firm Kroll, advising clients such as Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, and was named to the board of a new Motorola spin-off company.
He promised a second "Turnaround"-style memoir on how he engineered a dramatic and sustained drop in crime in Los Angeles and improved race relations in a city divided by the Rodney King beating trial and the Rampart corruption scandal.
And as always, he was a familiar presence in the media, even weighing in last November on possible scenarios in the slaying of publicist Ronnie Chasen.
But in an interview published Saturday in the Daily Beast, the man dubbed Globocop said he would be interested in heading Scotland Yard, which has been roiled by the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
"From my perspective, I have been interested in looking at that position, if it was open to people outside of Great Britain," said Bratton, who also served as New York City's police commissioner. "I've had a long, almost 20-year affiliation with England, with the Met, and their role in democratic policing. I don’t know that there's a major police chief in America or Canada, or for that matter in the British Commonwealth, who, given the opportunity, would not consider it."
But he told the New York Daily News that he had not been contacted about the job.
Bratton's name has surfaced in the past in connection with the job but the British Home Secretary has insisted applicants to head the Met be British citizens. Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament last month that non-citizens should be considered for the post.
Why at 63 would Bratton trade a high-paying corporate job for the public eye? Perhaps he said it best when he told The Times in 2008: "I never want to go and just maintain something. I want to be able to fix something."
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times