UK Security against Riots and Looting: Social Policies, integration of police with society and Zero tolerance will be the mix in England.
Riots in London: Security Expert William Bratton was hired by the British Government
After the riots in England, a U.S. street crime expert has been hired by the Cameron government.
Prime Minister David Cameron (Conservative Party) has taken a hard line on rioting in statements this week after returning from his summer holiday and recalling parliament. He has also come under attack for austerity measures his government is introducing like cutting the amount of police officers and security budget, among other measures.
Cameron has criticized the police for their handling of the riots. On the other hand , another conservative, the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has said the riots weakened the case for those police cuts.
Cameron has said social and economic problems had little to do with the looting and violence which followed in which five people were killed, calling it “criminality pure and simple” and saying gang violence lay at its heart.
He enlisted U.S. street crime expert William Bratton on Friday to advise the government on handling it.
But some officers within the british police are not satisfied with Cameron´s decission of hiring an american expert.
“We do not need any lessons from the United States,” answered in today’s Independent newspaper the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Hugh Orde.
William “Bill” Bratton, the new adviser, is a very successful police expert. He has been credited with curbing street crime as police chief in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, and Bratton said he would offer advice based on his experience tackling gangs. Bratton is not in favor of massive arrests to solve the gangs problem, and says to ABC news “arrest is certainly appropriate for the most violent, the incorrigible, but so much of it can be addressed in other ways and it’s not just a police issue, it is in fact a societal issue.”
A ComRes poll for The Independent newspaper showed 54 percent of Britons say Cameron failed to provide leadership early enough to control the riots.
Most offenders are unemployed young men, and the riots were the result of a build-up of frustration among young people growing up on grim housing estates with little hope.
There is a debate in the british society, and many are saying the police should have been tougher.
About Bill Bratton.
William Joseph “Bill” Bratton (64) is an American police officer who was the New York City Commissioner, the Chief of Police in Los Angeles and the Boston Police Commissioner.
Bratton started his career at Boston Police Department before becoming New York Police Comissioner in 1994. He designed the successful zero-tolerance policy which reduced petty and violent crime in New York. The city became one of the safest in the world, and the safest in the U.S.
After the 1992 Riots in Los Angeles, he moved to that city. He reformed the Los Angeles Police and crimes lowered.
Bratton’s policing policy is mainly the following:
a) any crime, does not matter how minor or petty crime it is, must be dealt with
b) tolerance to crime equals an increase in the crime rate
c) zero tolerance to crime is one of the solutions to gang crime and riots.
d) the police must be ethnically diverse, and the force must be representative of the population and its ethnicity
e) the police must promote a strong relationship with the law-abiding population
f) fierce against police corruption
g) must be tough on gangs
h) and a strict no-tolerance of any kind of anti-social behaviour
Bratton was offered an advisor role to the British government which he accepted in August 2011.