Superstar police chief Bill Bratton has announced he’ll be leaving the LAPD at the end of October. Mark Kleiman would like to see him move up in the world:
As for Bratton’s own future, here’s hoping that his move to Altegrity is a just a quick cash-in on his way back to public service. The FBI would be a stretch: agents aren’t really cops, counter-terrorism isn’t policing, and any fight to change Hooverville would run into serious resistance from the Ba’athist dead-enders at on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue. So I wouldn’t put the same sort of odds-on bet on Bratton’s success at the Bureau that I would if he took over another police department. Still, given the stakes, it’s a gamble I’d like to see happen.
Well, Mueller’s term is up in 2011, so that would give Bratton a couple of years to earn some private sector dough before returning to the trenches. He’d certainly be an interesting choice.