Bratton Says Report He’s Been Tapped as Police Commissioner Is ‘Inaccurate’

Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)

Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says a report that claims he’s been tapped by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to return to his old job as the city’s top cop is untrue.

“Ch. 11 report is inaccurate,” Mr. Bratton told Politicker via email this morning, adding, that “‘Police sources’ would be last to know” about his future plans.

PIX 11 news reported last night that “three sources close to the NYPD say the word is that Mayor-Elect Bill DeBlasio is set to name the city’s former police commissioner as his top cop.”

The buzz is that Bill Bratton’s the guy,” they wrote in an online version of the story, claiming the announcement was expected as soon as this coming Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mr. de Blasio’s spokeswoman, Lis Smith, responded by writing on Twitter, “Fact: When @BilldeBlasio has decided on a police commissioner, he will make it known publicly.” Reached for comment, she pointed to her tweet.

Mr. de Blasio previously said he has interviewed three candidates for the job, which is currently held by Ray Kelly: Mr. Bratton, current Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and current First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro.

Mr. Bratton has long been considered a front-runner for the post.

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