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US alt39 supercopalt39, credited with taming New York Citys rampant violence in the 1990s, to address the issue of street unrest and gang culture in England, reports PTI. As Britain looks for ways to deal with gang culture that is being blamed for the violence witnessed in a number of cities, Cameron spoke to 63- year- old former New York police commissioner Bill Bratton on phone. Bratton confirmed that he received a call from Cameron on Friday night, the Guardian reported.
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Downing Street said he will not be a long- term paid consultant and would not be formally appointed to any UK police force.
The former chief of the Boston, New York and Los Angeles police departments said: ” You canalt39t arrest your way out of the problem”. More than 1,500 people have been apprehended on allegations of rioting, arson and looting in England so far.
The role would involve advising ” a number of different agencies”, including the Home Office, and that it would focus on gangs rather than issues of police reform, Bratton was quoted as saying by The Financial Times.
He said, arrests were appropriate for ” the most violent”, but the issue was of society as a whole.
Rioters ran amok on the streets of London and other English cities, with the riots claiming five lives and destroying the livelihood of many.
The violence that started in London last weekend, spread to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham, with many shops vandalised and looted.
” What they are looking for, from me, is the idea of, what has been the American experience in dealing with the gang problem and, what has worked for us and not worked for us and how that can be applied,” Bratton said in another news report. He was New York Citys police commissioner for 27 months, from 1994 to 1996, and was credited with achieving record declines in crime.
Nearly 700 charged for rioting: Cops
London More than 700 people have been charged with violence and looting for four days of unprecedented street violence that shook Britain last week as authorities announced that they would maintain emergency policing levels through the week end and beyond if necessary.
Home Secretary Theresa May said that authorities in no case would take chances and that 16,000 police officers would remain deployed in London and other cities to keep vigil over the weekend. ” We will be maintaining the numbers for a period of time,” May said, asserting that though there had been quieter nights, ” We canalt39t afford to be complacent.” London police announced that more than 1,700 arrests have been carried out of which 700 have been charged with the courts working round the clock.
Two- thirds of those charged have been remanded to custody.
Sensing widespread backing for a harsher crackdown on the rioters Prime Minister David Cameron has announced full backing of his government for speedy justice that has hastened hundreds of suspects through the courts.
Cameron had also proposed a punitive campaign against the looters to kick them and their families out of their government subsidised homes.
UK riots: Voters trust police more than politicians
London More British voters support the police over the handling of the recent riots than Prime Minister David Cameron, according to a Guardian/ ICM poll, reports PTI. It also that shows that less than a third of voters think the prime minister has done a good job.
The poll suggests that neither Cameron nor London mayor Boris Johnson have impressed the public with their response. Only 30 per cent say Cameron has done a good job, against 44 per cent who sa