Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton becomes NBC News analyst

William J. Bratton, former Los Angeles Police Department chief and former police commissioner of New York and Boston, has joined NBC News as an analyst specializing in police counterterrorism efforts, domestic intelligence gathering and criminal justice.

The Comcast-owned network said Thursday that Bratton -- already a familiar face on TV in the aftermath of such high-profile events as the Boston Marathon bombing and the Christopher Dorner shooting rampage in Southern California -- would regularly appear on NBC News programs as well as on the company's cable news channel MSNBC.

Bratton, 65, served as L.A. police chief from 2002 to 2009. A respected law enforcement figure, he is currently the chief executive of the consulting practice Bratton Group. He also runs Bratton Technologies, which operates BlueLine, a global law enforcement professional social media network.

Bratton -- a U.S. Army veteran who saw service in Vietnam -- began his police career in 1970 as an officer with the Boston Police department.