‘Supercop’ to bring American-style policing to streets of Britain…(Hey Britains …Welcome To 1984!)
Exclusive: PM’s plan to import US adviser angers police chiefs
Tensions between senior officers and No 10 stoked as Orde mocks Cameron’s invite to ‘Supercop’ to bring American-style policing to streets of Britain
By Kunal Dutta, Jane Merrick, Emily Dugan and Matt Chorley
Sunday, 14 August 2011
The front-runner for Britain’s top police job has ridiculed David Cameron’s decision to take on an American “Supercop” as an adviser on policing and gangs in the wake of the riots.
Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, openly questioned the Prime Minister’s appointment of Bill Bratton, former police chief in New York and Los Angeles, to examine the policing issues raised by the mass disturbances. In a dramatic escalation of the tensions between senior police officers and Downing Street, Sir Hugh also hit back at the “totally unjustified … negative attacks” on policing.
Senior police officers are furious at the political criticism of their handling of the disturbances, which broke out in Tottenham last Saturday and spread to several English towns and cities by Tuesday.