Noted law enforcer Bratton agrees to advise Britain
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#1 Aug 13, 2011
Noted law enforcer Bratton agrees to advise Britain
By Tom Hays THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The idea is to get ahead of the violence, rather than just react to it.
-- William Bratton
LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron’s office says former New York Police Commissioner William Bratton has agreed to act as an unpaid adviser to the British government.
Downing Street says Cameron thanked Bratton for agreeing to a series of meetings in the U.K. this fall to share his experiences tackling gang violence. Bratton will provide counsel “in a personal capacity,” it said in a statement.
Bratton has also served as police chief in Los Angeles and Boston and has built a reputation for helping quell gang influence. He is now a private security firm executive.
Cameron told British lawmakers this week that he would welcome Bratton’s input following a flurry of criticism over police response to rioting in London last week.
Disturbing scenes of police overwhelmed by rioting in London show a need for more minority officers and other long-term solutions that have worked in New York and other U.S. cities, Bratton said Friday in New York as he confirmed he’s in talks to formally advise Britain on reforms.
Bratton — who gained fame by fighting crime with innovation and bravado as he headed police departments in New York, Boston and Los Angeles — told The Associated Press in a phone interview that Cameron called him Friday seeking his expertise.
“We can definitely take some of the lessons here and apply them there,” Bratton said. During his conversation with Cameron, Bratton said,“he thanked me for my willingness to work for them, and I thanked him for the opportunity.”
Bratton said he expects to formalize an agreement over the next several days. A spokeswoman for Cameron’s office confirmed discussions about what role Bratton might play, but did not give her name, in keeping with government policy.
“This is a prime minister who has a clear idea of what he wants to do,” Bratton said.“He sees this crisis as a way to bring change. The police force there can be a catalyst for that. I’m very optimistic.”
He told The Associated Press last night that he hopes his free consultation will turn into a paid contract.
Bratton, 63, left the LA police in 2009 and is now chairman of Kroll, a Manhattan-based private security firm.
More than 1,700 people have been arrested after a week of violence in London and other British cities that was triggered by a fatal police shooting under disputed circumstances. Police have been outmaneuvered by mobile gangs of rioters, and the unrest has stirred fears of heightened racial tensions.
Bratton said he believes British police need to focus on quelling racial tensions by collaborating more with community leaders and civil rights groups. He also said social media sites can be a useful tool for law enforcement to monitor gang activities.
#2 Aug 13, 2011
“The idea is to get ahead of the violence, rather than just react to it,” he said.
Another part of the solution for London’s Metropolitan Police is to become more racially diverse, Bratton said.
Bratton has gained a reputation as a bold leader who refocused police departments in cities struggling with spikes in gang and other violence.
When Bratton stepped in as Boston’s police commissioner in 1991, the city was still being rocked by the violence that gripped many U.S. cities in the late 1980s as potent and addictive crack cocaine flooded urban neighborhoods. The ensuing gang turf wars forced a dramatic spike in the city’s murder rate, hitting a high of 153 people in 1990.
One of the steps Bratton took to curb the violence was to deliver a list of about 400 of the city’s gang and drug kingpins to then-Mayor Raymond Flynn, who had appointed him police chief.
Flynn said Bratton wanted direct indictments for as many as possible, sweeping some of the city’s most violent criminals off the street for up to a decade.
Throughout the decade, Boston’s murder rate steadily fell to 35 in 1998.
Although the city’s murder rate has fluctuated since then, local leaders credit the legacy of community policing with helping keep the city relatively safe.
“When police are out in the neighborhood on an ongoing basis, there’s a trust relationship that’s built up,” said Massachusetts state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, whose district includes Jamaica Plain, one of the city’s most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods.“It’s a strong model.”
In 1993, then-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani recruited Bratton to help him pursue his administration’s law-and-order agenda.
Bratton soon won admirers on Wall Street by applying corporate management techniques to big-city policing: A new set of chiefs re-engineered the department to track lesser crimes by computer and thwart them before they evolved into anything worse.
In his first two years with the New York Police Department, reports of serious crime dropped 27 percent, matching levels not seen since the 1960s. Homicides fell nearly 40 percent.
In Los Angeles, Bratton again displayed a politician’s deft touch with the city’s diverse communities while showing his formula for knocking down crime rates was portable: When Bratton left the West Coast in 2009 after seven years on the job, crime in the nation’s second-largest city had dropped to levels not seen since the 1950s.
Civil rights attorney Connie Rice says she considers Bratton a transformative figure in the history of the LAPD.
“He has a racial-justice vision that is married to effective law enforcement,” Rice said.“He knows how to carry out both.”
#3 Aug 13, 2011
"“He has a racial-justice vision that is married to effective law enforcement,” Rice said."
"In his first two years with the New York Police Department, reports of serious crime dropped 27 percent, matching levels not seen since the 1960s. Homicides fell nearly 40 percent."
This is the Chief Bratton achievments whom Lynch for Mayor wants the city of Fitchburg to follow. I agree with Lynch!
Lynch has some great ideas especially with concern for the community. Lynchs' approach is the BEST.
#4 Aug 13, 2011
Lynch, your 3rd person posts are a real indication at how deperate you are to get votes.
#5 Aug 13, 2011
Listen Joe, why don't you post with your real name?
Since: Feb 10
#6 Feb 21, 2013
Another on for the gipper..
Hey Lynch, isn't this that LAPD Police Chief who fired cop killer Dohner? And isn't this that Chief Bratton whom Lynch for Mayor wanted the city of Fitchburg to follow?
“I favor the Chief Bratton plan!! If you call this a vendetta then you are definitely part of the corruption directly!” Lynch for Mayor
“Chief Bratton was able to achieve this success in which I promote!” Lynch for Mayor
“Do you feel that Fitchburg could use Chief Bratton techniques and policies?” Lynch for mayor
Lynch, wasn’t the former LAPD Chief of Police who fired Dorner won of your big hero’s? Remember when you were promoting and writing about him in the 3rd person on here
“Let me tell you that I believe that his manifesto was 100% correct and that Karma willcome down on those he did mention in the letter. They pushed a sane, respected military man over the edge.
I do not agree with who he did kill as he should of kept it more close to his list.He harmed the wrong people.” Lynch for Mayor
So Lynch, according to you in your own words above, Dohner harmed the wrong people, but had he killed Chief Bratton and all the others on his “kill” list, he would have clearly been justified.
Like I said Lynch, the sooner and more frankly you show yourself as you actually are; the sooner you'll be treated like the filthy, repugnant cockroach you are.
#7 Feb 21, 2013
Bratton was notDorner's target as if you go to Dorners facebook; Dorner and Bratton are smiling ear to ear during a mutual handshake with Dorner in his military outfit.
Yes, I still praise and stand by many of the policy implementations that Bratton brought to NY and La. Dorner points out that such programs have not been followed and are currently failing miserably as racist in the department.
#8 Feb 21, 2013
Chief Bratton left LA in 2009. The basis of the manifesto read that racism was not being addressed within the department. Bratton had a vision to change this and did implement programs to address it.
Dorner spoke out against the "thin blue line". Do you know what this stands for????? Or are you going to claim to ignorance once again???
Then the turned on Dorner which is corruption "in Americas' face" with a smirk of "so what". Dorner decided to answer to the smirks of corruption.
As I stated this is only the very beginning as police forces are imploding from within.
Let me give you a slight solution in order to slow things down . If the FPD and other stations totally eliminated the "IN HOUSE" IA and stated to the general public that they will never accept complaints against criminal police then society will feel more respected.
Stamos it is like your party putting Rubio at the helm on beginning on the day that Romeny lost 99% of the latino vote as commentators suggested that the party needs to express that "they know latino citizens and hey,actually we have one in our party"!
This is the day of INSTANT reporting to 100% of America!!!!! Internal Affairs is a severing of every community!!!!!! Get a clue!!!! AND YES SOME JUDGES ARE NOW ENABLING corruption!!!!!
#9 Feb 21, 2013
I like your style, only going after cops is cool. But how do you feel about regular criminals and those who abuse the welfare system? You are the man!
Since: Feb 10
#10 Feb 21, 2013
Lynch, in retrospect now, can you NOT NOW SEE that the person who created this very thread has some really serious issues? Can you not now see that they created it in an attempt to endorse themselves and their own beliefs through me, me and me? Do you honestly think that there are that many people out there that could be as stupid as to not to see right through this? Read all 5 posts now Lynch and then answer why?
Oh! And did you pull papers like you said you were going to the other day, or was that just another lie? Now be honest Lynch because it’s just a phone call away and I’m really looking forward once again to the vetting process.
#11 Feb 21, 2013
As it is stated within the law. Everyone is to be treated equal.If you commit a crime and get caught then you could go to jail. A regular criminal being someone who didn't get caught yet such as a bank robber?
I feel that that person nows the risk of being caught and if caught they face the music. I feel strongly that if you choose to sell drugs you know the consequences if you get caught.
In reference to the welfare system,there has always been an element that has cheated the system for decades. This element will always be there. To me welfare and food stamp assistance is not a way of life as it is a means of assistance if need be.
I have paid taxes, fees and more fees. My family has paid for generations. There are politicians and people connected to politicians that recieve welfare and food stamps but under a different avenue such as pay for a do nothing job,over pay, a very lucrative pension and paid benefits for life for the entire family.
When I hear entitlement programs that is exactly what comes to mind! Everyone knows that there is a difference between a hard worker out on pension and a do nothing employee that is out on pension!
The city and state pension system is rot with corruption and is costing the taxpayer ten times as much as welfare fraud. This system is not funded and has been in the red for a while now and continues to be totally abused. We have Mayors that pad supporters pensions because it will not affect the city budget butit actually does!
Trace the contributions!!! Start with the trash system, the water and sewer system and then tothe city property handouts and exemptions to certain people.
#12 Feb 21, 2013
We could actually use your vote.Vote for more jobs,vote for job opportunities and equal pay. Let me explain for example. When you over pay management then less employees can be hired.
You still have this attitude that less people working is okay for the economy? And then you want to take food stamp assistance and welfare away???
You sound like Baker who wanted to layoff 5,000 state workers. Why don't you just max state pay at $60,000??? Google Massachusetts state police payroll, serious! Then google State employees disability pensions! Did you know that the recent Commander recieves dissability pension?
There are loop holes in this system that could save the state 100,s of millions. We are now in a position due to allowing these loop holes to remain open where as we need to support outsourcing of jobs in order to pay for state pensions!!!!!!!!!!
But guess what ,every short term plan comes toan end. State and city pensions are BILLIONS in debt even after the outsourcing of American jobs to support it!
The concept ate itself!!!! Yes this includes teacher pensions. People would be shocked to know that the majority of teacher pensions are supported by investments made into outsourcing of American jobs.
The economy will never regain unless this system is changed. The basics to a working economy are broken! Consumer spending,disposable income and the service industry is the grease to a good economy along with manufacturing.
The stock market has been booming for the entire bad economy!!!!!! It is a simple fix but you must have GUTS.
Corporations have abused the people who made them big. Google Dubai and see where the money went,seriously! Now is the time for change! Bring American greatness back now or never!!!! VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS!!!!!
#13 Feb 21, 2013
So you feel that welfare fraud and dealing drugs is ok so long as you don't get caught? Your words not mine so don't go psycho on me!
#14 Feb 21, 2013
Major elements of Nazism have been described as far-right, such as allowing domination of society by people deemed racially superior, while purging society of people declared inferior, who were said to be a threat to national survival.
Nazism claimed that an Aryan master race was superior to all other races. To maintain what it regarded as the purity and strength of the Aryan race, Nazis sought to exterminate Jews and Romani, and the physically and mentally disabled. Other groups deemed "degenerate" or "asocial" received exclusionary treatment, including homosexuals, blacks, Jehovah's Witnesses and political opponents. The Nazis supported territorial expansionism to gain Lebensraum ("living space") as being a law of nature for all healthy and vigorous peoples of superior races growing in population to displace peoples of inferior races; especially people of a superior race facing overpopulation in their given territories.
Apply this to your argument! There is even some room for Councilman Tran concerning his belief that the mentally disabled wheel chair bound women should find another city to live in!!!!!! The modern day Nazi!
#15 Feb 21, 2013
#16 Feb 22, 2013
Chief Bratton not a convicted felon! Big difference! Even though you pleaded it is an automatic conviction of the charge against you which was a felony. Ask any court, judge or lawyer.
I know you want be like your idol Chief Bratton and want to be known and become a name in the history books but you past will keep you from doing it.
I do believe there are second chances and people can turn their lives around but you have to accept there are limitations in your life due to your criminal record. This isn't discrimination this is called the laws of society.
#17 Feb 22, 2013
It is discrimination no matter how you approach it. Many of the worst unsolved crimes are committed by citizens who promote a "laws of society" discrimination campaign.
Bratton is a second cousin my friend. This isn't why I support him as he is very good at building a sense of community which I fully support as vital to any and all community's.
#18 Feb 22, 2013
It isn't discrimination. Due to your past criminal record and conviction there are laws that will keep you from holding certain jobs. When a criminal loses the trust of society there are laws that protect society as a whole too.
If these laws were not in place then we would have convicted sex offenders working in schools and daycare places without having to lie on their job application.
These laws are for my protection not yours!
#19 Feb 22, 2013
In Lynch land pedofiles should be kindegarten teachers weeeeee!!!
#20 Feb 22, 2013
What's your full name?? What's your social security #?? What's your credit card #?? Put this info. out on the forum or you're either a cop, associated with cops or a coward weeeeee....
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