NBC News has hired high-profile former NYPD and LAPD topper Bill Bratton as an analyst. It’s part of a trend by news outlets to secure on-air talent with strong law enforcement backgrounds to spearhead coverage of high-profile stories such as the killings in the elementary school in Newtown, the movie theater in Aurora, and at the Boston Marathon. Bratton, the only person to have led four of the country’s largest police forces, was a frequent on-air contributor at various news operations during coverage of the marathon bombing. Bratton will help NBC News catch up to CBS News, which has been getting a lot of attention in this field since hiring John Miller in 2011. Miller has straddled journalism and law enforcement his entire career, beginning as a reporter before migrating to the NYPD (at the request of then-commissioner Bratton),and also working for the LAPD and FBI. On September 11, 2001 he sat by Peter Jennings at ABC News, where he was working at the time. Miller is credited with reporting ahead of others the magnitude of the death toll at Newton, and with waving CBS News off the erroneous report an arrest had been made in the Boston bombing, among other things.
Bratton, who currently heads his own consulting firm and advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is tailor-made for NBC News. He was sometimes billed as “super cop” in news reports, and had once been rumored to be on his way to Scotland Yard.