London: Former New York Police Chief To Tackle Britain’s Gangs

13 Aug

FORMER NEW YORK TOP COP TO TACKLE BRITAIN’S HOODIE THUGS:

A former New York police chief will advise the British Government on how to tackle gangs following this week’s riots.

American Cop To Tackle Britain's Gangs

Prime Minister David Cameron has asked the former chief of police in New York and Los Angeles, Bill Bratton, to become his crime adviser.

It comes as the courts continue to process the 1,210 people arrested so far – with 698 now facing charges.

Also, a council tenant in South London has become the first person to face eviction over claims her son was involved in looting.

Mr Bratton is no stranger to UK policing, having teamed up with British officers at other times over the past 20 years.

In 2009, the Queen awarded him the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton Sought To Help British PolicePlay Video

Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton Sought To Help British Police

Mr Bratton, who is now a security expert, left the Los Angeles police force in 2009 after significantly lowering the crime rate.

Previously he was head of the New York Police Department where, in his first two years at the helm, reports of serious crime dropped 27%.

He said the disturbing scenes of police overwhelmed by rioting in London showed a need for more minority officers and other long-term solutions.

Reacting to the riots across England, Mr Bratton said British police needed to focus on calming racial tensions by working more with community leaders and civil rights groups.

He added: “(Mr) Cameron… thanked me for agreeing to work with the British government as they deal with the issues of gang crime, gang violence and gang intervention.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with them on those issues.”

“I think part of what the Government is going to do is, to take a look at what worked and what didn’t work during the course of the last week.

“My assignment is to focus more on the issues of the American experience dealing with gangs and what we may be able to share with them that might help them to prevent similar activities in the future.”

The 63-year-old is expected to meet Mr Cameron next month to share his expertise on tackling street crime.

Mr Cameron and the police have been on a collision course after claims officers were too soft in their initial response to this week’s disorder.

The PM said officers had been overwhelmed at first and out  maneuvered by mobile gangs of rioters.

“Far too few police were deployed onto the streets. And the tactics they were using weren’t working,” he said.

However, a senior police chief hit out at Mr Cameron’s claim that police budget cuts were “totally achievable” – saying less money meant fewer officers.

Sir Hugh Orde from the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said : “It is true there are cuts of 20% to policing over this current spending period.

“Inevitably and predictably that will lead to less police officers, let me be clear about that. It will also lead to less police staff.”

NEWS UPDATE:

 PHOTO: Malaysian student Ashraf Rossli (20) who was mugged by yobs posing as good samaritans during London’s riots.
 
 A man has been charged with robbing a Malaysian student whose ordeal was caught on camera.

Ashraf Rossli (20) was rushed to hospital with a broken jaw on Monday after being set upon during London’s riots less than a month after arriving in Britain.

Today, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said Reece Donovan, of Milton Court, Cross Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex, had been charged with robbing the student.

Donovan, who police said is either 21 or 23 years old, will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

The attack prompted widespread anger after police said hooded youths initially pretended to help Mr Rossli before going through his rucksack, stealing his mobile phone and wallet, in Barking, east London, on Monday night.

He was discharged from hospital yesterday and, at a press conference, said he harboured no grudges.

He said: “My family are worried about me and my mother would like me to go home. But I am determined to stay.

“Britain is great. Before I came here I was very eager and I haven’t got any ill-feelings about what happened.

“I feel very sorry for the people who did this. It was really sad because among them were children.”

He thanked those who contributed to a fund to support him, saying: “It is very nice of you all to help me.”

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