Brackenreid is a gruff, no-nonsense, by-the-book Inspector who is completely lacking in imagination. He is prone to quick judgments based on stereotypes and first impressions. Though he would never disobey an order, he occasionally lets Murdoch do it if he thinks it might solve a case. While he is often embarrassed by Murdoch's eccentric approach to policing, he's come to realize it does get results. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, Brackenreid is known to use force—if necessary—to get results.