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Bratton's Advisory Role Rankles Some UK Police

August 13, 2011  | 

Former New York and Los Angeles top cop William Bratton's role as an unpaid advisor following widespread rioting in the United Kingdom has rankled some top police officials at Scotland Yard.

One detective inspector from London's police called Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to bring in Bratton "a sad indictment of what the government think of our senior officers in this country," Janet Stobart of the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Source: Los Angeles Times


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FrankD @ 8/15/2011 8:05 PM

No one likes an outsider especially from another country. The London Police failed to take control of the rioters. Its that simple. This is will continue to happen in countries all over this world. If a riot starts in this country I want our trained Local, State Police and National Guards to breakup groups of rioters immediately. I wonder if our Admimistration is concerned? They should be. When was the last time Riot Training Classes were held. The 60's?

Tom @ 8/15/2011 8:20 PM

The police are usually accused of over reacting. It was obvious that the London Police did the opposite. When a large right wing group indicated they were going to retore order, it was a poor testament to how the police had handled the violence up to that point. Recently, the police were going to the homes of identified rioters and taking them into custody. Kudos for this action.

michael @ 8/16/2011 1:02 AM

I can understand the feelings of the London Police Officers, no Dept. would want an advisor from another country to come in paid or not. This is not a 3rd world country and I think it is a slap in the officers face. The PM is running the show and I would bet that he has no idea on what he is doing. I would also bet that he is getting suggestions from the top brass but he thinks there must be another way to handle this. I agree, you let this crap go on and it is going to spin out of control just as it has. Mr. Bratton defiantly would not have been my first choice or within the top 50. Get some balls Mr.Cameron, let the cops off the leash and your problems will be over.

Ric Walters @ 8/16/2011 7:06 AM

The Bobbies need to get the knot out of their knickers. They were obviously unprepared, inadequately trained, and underequipped to handle the riots. Unfortunately, the Brits are either going to learn from us (and maybe finally arm their cops, too), or they'll learn from rebuilding entire cities. Bill Bratton served as Chief of the two departments best prepared to handle "civil" unrest. Calling him in makes sense, tactically and professionally.

Richard Valdemar @ 8/16/2011 3:49 PM

This might be a good decision if the former LAPD Chief had any idea of what to do about gangs. He does not have a good track record in Los Angeles. His statistical evidence was mostly a reduction in the method of reporting gang crimes and a decrease in the number of gang officers inputting information into the system.

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