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UK cops blast Cameron's US 'supercop' riot advice move as 'slap in the face of Brits'

August 14, 2011 - London

UK Police are sceptical of the government's plan to seek advice of US 'supercop' Bill Bratton to quell violence in the wake of riots affecting several cities in the country.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for Bratton to seek his advice to restore law and order in the country.

Former New York Police chief Bratton had helped restore law and order during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

"It seems to me, if you've got 400 gangs, then you're not being very effective. If you look at the style of policing in the States, and their levels of violence, they are fundamentally different from here", The Independent quoted Association of Chief Police Officers' head Sir Hugh Orde, as saying.

"What I suggested to the home secretary is a more sensible approach, maybe to look across far wider styles of policing and - more usefully - at European styles; they, like us, are bound by the European Convention. My sense is, when we've done that, we will find the British model is probably the top", he added.

Other senior police figures have also echoed Hugh's sentiment, the BBC reports.

Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Tim Godwin said that the riots had led to unprecedented chaos and "inconsistency from parliament" made it harder to police the affected cities.

Ian Hanson, of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, described the move as a "slap in the face" and added that UK did not need someone from "5,000 miles away".

Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman John Tully said American advice would not help in bringing the situation under control.

"Although he has a glittering record across in the States, it's a different style of policing. The gang culture's different," he said.

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, however, played down any dispute between the government and the police, ahead of his visit to Manchester.


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