Top cop in London or NYC? Crimefighting legend Bill Bratton weighs his options

Posted at 12:09 AM, Mar 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-18 16:05:02-04

Bill Bratton was New York’s police commissioner from 1944 to 1996, back in the days when crime was rampant in the city, days when more than 2,000 people a year were being murdered.

But under his watch and innovative crime fighting procedures, the crime rate in the city dropped dramatically.


A Time magazine cover touts Bratton’s achievements in New York.

After his stint as New York’s top cop, Bratton headed west to become police chief of Los Angeles , a job he held for seven years. Since returning to private life, he’s been serving as a consultant with his own firm, The Bratton Group.  Currently he’s sharing his expertise with the Detroit and Oakland police departments.

But his heart is still policing, and reports have surfaced recently that he’d like his old job back…or even take over as head of London’s police force.