NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – CBS News Senior Correspondent John Miller has announced he is leaving the network to return to the New York Police Department.
Miller has been a senior correspondent with the network since 2011.
As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported, Miller has had a successful career in two fields: television news and law enforcement.
Miller will return to the department under incoming NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn in on Jan. 1 and tapped Bratton to once again lead the department. Ray Kelly has served as police commissioner for the past 12 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Miller will be working in a newly developed counterterrorism division, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported.
On Thursday, he discussed the need to focus on intelligence against softer terror attacks.
“The trend is leaning towards low-cost, low-tech, high-impact,” Miller said.
According to his official bio on CBSNews.com, Miller briefly served as New York City Deputy Police Commissioner from 1994 to 1995, when Bratton was commissioner. Miller served as chief spokesman for the department during his tenure with the NYPD.
Miller then returned to work in TV and even scored an interview with Osama bin Laden in 1998.
It was back to law enforcement in 2003 when Miller joined the LAPD under then-chief Bill Bratton as the head of the Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau.
He oversaw the LAPD’S bomb squad, its major crimes division and its hazardous materials unit.
It was at the LAPD where Miller launched a system that helps to identify potential terrorist targets, Schneider reported.
Miller says al Qaeda’s message has changed over the years.
“The core message going out over the last couple of years is ‘do what you do with the resources that you have, go forth and do your worst.’ And when you’re in a target-rich environment like New York, you always have to be thinking around these corners,” Miller said.
Miller previously worked for the FBI and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to his bio. In that role, he worked across the intelligence community with the CIA, FBI and National Security Administration, Schneider reported.
He has spent years reporting on al Qaeda, the Sept. 11 terror attacks and other national security matters.
“Almost a 360 view of the moving parts of counterterrorism and intelligence and I hope to bring that to bear in the NYPD in a way for the commissioner to formulate his programs,” Miller said.
Since joining CBS News in 2011, Miller has covered major stories like the Times Square bomb plot, the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown school shooting, for which CBS will be awarded the prestigious duPont-Columbia award for breaking news coverage.
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