William Bratton, the ambitious and globe-trotting Los Angeles police chief, denies that he is likely to head London’s New Scotland Yard, reports the Los Angeles Daily News. Bratton was in London last week for a crime summit and met with Mayor Boris Johnson, who was “extremely impressed,” reported Britain’s Sun newspaper, which described Bratton as expressing interest in the job.
Back in Los Angeles Bratton said, “It’s not likely. I’m not interested. I’m flattered to be thought of in a positive way, but it’s nothing that’s going to happen.” London’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair quit his post on Thursday after Johnson said “new leadership” was needed. Bratton, who has been police chief in Los Angeles since October 2002, also has headed departments in New York and Boston.