Queen Gives Bratton Honorary British Title


Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has been given the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, the Los Angeles Times reports. Bratton has been rumored as a potential head of Scotland Yard in London. A step below knighthood, the honor is bestowed on two Americans each year. It was given to Bratton in recognition of his “work to promote cooperation between the United States and United Kingdom police.”

British police leaned heavily on Bratton for help when re-thinking policing in Northern Ireland as part of the peace agreement between the IRA and British government. Bratton, who will receive a very royal-looking medallion from the British ambassador at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in September, called the award a “great honor.”

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