Bill Bratton has a take charge demeanor. He was like that when he was the Chief of the LAPD, he is still like that now that he's returned to New York City in the title of "Commissioner" .
Bratton was one of a team of veteran law enforcement types on the podium at a packed press conference today on the age old subject of "Super Bowl Security. '' I say age old because it's always been an issue, but it's hot button right now, with the Olympics coming up and two terror attacks on mass transit stations in Russia fresh in everyone's minds.
The NYPD, the State Police of NY and New Jersey, Homeland Security, the FBI , and whole bunch of agencies with initials that did not want to be publicly identified have been working on security related issues for months. Their two big concerns, not a secret, the so called ''lone wolf'', a disgruntled loner, and secondly, a more organized terror plot. No place of course is ever 100 percent secure in a country as free as ours, and that of course is the trade off .
In NYC I am constantly surprised by the growing number of surveillance cameras on virtually every corner, (LA has nothing like this and if it tried civil libertarians would no doubt have a fit) and also by the huge number of men and women in police uniforms the NYPD can put on the street (It's three times larger than the LAPD). Of course a big part of the challenge here is that this is a huge, multi state multi location venue involving NYC, Times Square, hotels, restaurants, teams, stadiums, mass transit, private vehicles, airports, i mean you name it. If Bratton and his team doesn't get much sleep these days, it's for good reason. I interviewed both him and the NFL"s head of security, a former State Trooper named Jeff Miller and they'll be part of my 5pm and 10pm reports from NYC.