John Miller, a newsman-turned-antiterror official, is close to leaving the Los Angeles Police Department for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, says the Los Angeles Times. Miller has been the L.A. counter-terrorism chief for three years. It is expected that the former anchor of the ABC news magazine “20/20” would take a central role in shaping the agency’s communications strategy. His current duties include overseeing day-to-day tactical responses to terrorist threats and other critical incidents.
Miller previously served as the face of the New York Police Department during the mid-1990s under William Bratton, now Los Angeles chief then heading the New York Police Department. Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss said Miller improved strained relations between the Los Angeles police and other law enforcement agencies. “He and Bratton have greatly improved LAPD relations with federal law enforcement in counter-terrorism, and the whole name of the game is trust. He built that trust,” Weiss said. Miller sought to redefine the way the city secured its high-threat locations as part of a regional security cooperative known as “Archangel,” which became a national model.