Bill Bratton, the man credited with cleaning up crime in New York and Los Angeles, has been called on by David Cameron to help stamp out British gang violence, Bratton confirmed to ABC, saying that he hoped to work as a consultant for Scotland Yard. Cameron addressed parliament yesterday in the wake of the country's riots, arguing that violent young people have "blighted life on their estates with gang-on-gang murders and unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders," while blaming them for coordinating "attacks on the police and the looting that has followed." Bratton, whose stat-based, "zero tolerance" policies have influenced police forces nationwide, said he would be "honored" to help.
Last week, Bratton told the Daily Beast that he would even consider leading Scotland Yard: "It’s one of the most prestigious positions in democratic policing in the world,” he said. "I don’t know that there’s a major police chief in America or Canada, or for that matter in the British Commonwealth, who, given the opportunity, would not consider it.”