‘Supercop’ Bill Bratton to Target Gangs in England Next

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WASHINGTON - APRIL 19:  (L-R) Al  Sharpton, President of National Action Network, Eric Garcetti, City Council President of Los Angeles, Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police of Philadelphia, and Bill Bratton, former police chief of Los Angeles and of New York City, walk toward the podium after a meeting with President Barack Obama on immigration at the White House April 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama had a meeting with a group of business, law enforcement, faith, and current and former elected and appointed leaders to discuss the fixing of the immigration system for the 21st century economic and national security needs.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 19: (L-R) Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, Eric Garcetti, City Council President of Los Angeles, Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police of Philadelphia, and Bill Bratton, former police chief of Los Angeles and of New York City, walk toward the podium after a meeting with President Barack Obama on immigration at the White House April 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama had a meeting with a group of business, law enforcement, faith, and current and former elected and appointed leaders to discuss the fixing of the immigration system for the 21st century economic and national security needs. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Photo: Alex Wong/2011 Getty Images

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.”

Bratton in Talks With Cameron to Go to England [ABC]
Taking on our gangs: Man who cleaned up New York taken on as Cameron's adviser [Daily Mail UK]
Bratton: I'd Lead Scotland Yard [Daily Beast]