British prime minister wanted Bratton for Scotland Yard, paper says

bratton-cropped.jpgWhen the phone-hacking turmoil tainted Britain's police force, Prime Minister David Cameron "informally sounded out Bill Bratton, the former New York and Los Angeles police chief, to see if he would be interested in taking the country’s most senior policing job," The Telegraph reported this weekend. Bratton indicated interest, the U.K. paper says, but the country's Home Secretary and the mayor of London nixed the idea of a foreigner taking the helm of Scotland Yard.

Talk about a story that never dies. There was a boomlet of talk about Bratton taking a job in London in 2008. The following year, Britain's queen proposed honoring Bratton with the title of "commander of the most excellent order of the British empire."

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