Originally Posted by flabbybody
you may wanna google William Bratton. He was commissioner of the New York City Police department back in the 90's and adopted a strict no tolerance strategy toward petty street crime that took its toll on our hooker's stroll in Manhattan, Bronx and Queens. It resulted in dramatic reductions in city wide murders, subway assaults, muggings, rapes and car jackings. His novel approach was copied by many big city police departments in the USA, South America, and Europe.
London PD tried to hire him in 2010 but got too much public flack cuz he's not a British subject. He's currently there as a "civilian" consultant.
another thing to blame on the Yanks
I know the story, but it's not entirely correct the way you put it:
First of all, he was honoured with the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his work to promote cooperation between US and UK police.
Then he was haired to lead the Metropolitan police to implement a new system to put an end to the riots and disorders (happened a few months ago) and guarantee a safe future. There was no public flack. Simply the home secretary insisted that for such an important role, it's preferable to have a british citizen who has a little experience with british law...who can be still advised and led by William Bratton. It's just the title that can not be given to a foreigner. Nothing to do with the fact that he's American. It would be the same if he was Australian, Bangladeshi or Chinese. Would you put as a Chief of the national police someone without a green card?