Los Angeles: The British Consulate-General, Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are delighted to announce that Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). The award comes in recognition of Chief Bratton’s work to promote cooperation between the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) police, both before and during his service with LAPD.
Announcing the award, British Consul-General Bob Peirce said, "Chief Bratton is the outstanding police chief in the United States and, frankly, in the world. He has transformed policing in New York, in Los Angeles and in cities across America that have adopted his ideas. He is greatly admired in the UK, and he has been instrumental in creating a rich exchange of ideas about policing between UK and US police departments, and enhancing operational cooperation between them right across the policing agenda — from counter-terrorism to crime reduction to police efficiency. We are delighted to honor his service to making the world a safer place."
"I am both honored and humbled by the award," said Chief Bratton. "I accept this award on behalf of the men and women whom I’ve been pleased to serve with and lead during my 39-years in law enforcement, and whose stories I have the privilege of telling."
Honorary CBE’s are awarded to non-UK citizens who have played a prominent national role or a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs, including service to the community, or made a highly distinguished and innovative contribution in his or her area of activity. An average of only two or three such awards a year, have gone to Americans.
Notes to editors:
1.The UK honors system recognizes exceptional achievement and service to the nation. There are several different types of award, each one recognizing a different type of contribution. All British honors are awarded on merit.
2.Non-British nationals who have made an important contribution to British interests can be nominated for honorary awards. These awards are conferred by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary.
3.The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917. The order honors civilians and service personnel for public service or other distinctions. It is widely used by Her Majesty The
Queen to honor non-British subjects who have given outstanding service to the UK, both in the UK and abroad.
4.The honor CBE is that of a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The recipient may put the letters ‘CBE’ after their name, subject to the rules laid down by the authorities of the recipient’s country.
5.Honorary awards to foreign nationals are published on the FCO website, which lists awards formally approved by The Queen each year.