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UK to seek US advice on combating gangs

August 12, 2011 - London

Britain said Thursday that it would seek U.S. law enforcement advice on fighting gang violence, as the U.K. deals with riots that have gripped several of the country's cities.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who has summoned lawmakers back to Parliament because of the crisis, said he would act decisively to restore order on our streets.

According to Fox News, he cited prominent U.S. police chief Bill Bratton as a potential source for advice.

Bratton, whose resume includes top cop jobs in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, said in a written statement that he would be honored to assist the British.

Since the riots first started, London's Metropolitan Police have been widely criticized for its slow and inadequate response. The situation has deteriorated to the point where citizens are forced to stand guard in front of their homes and businesses because of the lack of police presence.

For the first time, its deputy assistant commissioner admitted Thursday that the force did not deploy enough officers to control the outbreak of violence early on in the riots.


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