In an interview with TV program in 2015, Tom Selleck was asked if he knew a man named Bill Bratton, who was NYPD Commissioner at the time, and if he had any insight into his law enforcement experience. He replied: “Yes. Bratton has been a big influence on me. I have read his book. turn around, about his first job under Rudy Giuliani. Although philosophically they were on the same wavelength, there were many conflicts between the mayor and his police commissioner.”
Selleck made the right choice in turning to Bratton for inspiration for his Blue Bloods character because the man had a very impressive career when it comes to police experience. In addition to two terms of service as NYPD Police Commissioner, Bratton also served as Boston Police Commissioner and LA Police Chief (through Columbia University). In 2009, he was made an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts to strengthen relations between the US and British police forces (through Los Angeles Times). A year later, he was appointed to the National Security Advisory Council (via US Department of Homeland Security).
Everything the actor learned from Bratton’s experience paid off, and the real cops seem to respect his image too. Selleck told TV Guide: “All cops have to salute the police commissioner and sometimes I get a salute! It’s a big deal.”