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British PM to consult former LAPD Chief William Bratton on riots

August 11, 2011 |  8:32 am

Former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking to Parliament about the recent riots in London, said street gangs were partly to blame and he will consult with former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton to tackle them.

"I also believe we should be looking beyond our shores to learn lessons from others who have faced similar problems," Cameron told Parliament. "That is why I will be discussing how we can go further in getting to grips with gangs with people like Bill Bratton, former commissioner of police in New York and Los Angeles."

Bratton, now overseeing a private security firm, said that while L.A. had a large number of gangs, only a small proportion of them were responsible for violent crimes. Working with federal authorities, Bratton helped reduce gang homicides and overall gang crime.

Cameron's comments about Bratton come as his name has been repeatedly mentioned to potentially head London's Metropolitan Police. Bratton, who also served as New York's police commissioner, has long coveted the job.

The British Home Secretary has insisted applicants to head the Met be British citizens. But Cameron told Parliament last month that non-citizens should be considered for the post.


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Photo: Former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times