Homeland Security Watch

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January 11, 2006

LAPD sending cops to Scotland Yard?

Filed under: International HLS,Investigation & Enforcement,State and Local HLS — by Christian Beckner on January 11, 2006

This BBC story today discusses the possibility that the Los Angeles Police Department might send a liaison officer to Scotland Yard in the future for counterterrorism cooperation:

The US city’s police chief Bill Bratton said he may base an officer in London full time to strengthen links between the two forces.

“Our world is now consumed by the issue of terrorism,” he said.

Mr Bratton, who pioneered the “zero tolerance” crime policy in New York, is in London for an anti-terrorism conference between US and UK officers.

I think these sorts of linkages are a great idea for the world’s top 10-15 high threat cities, and if implemented correctly, can play a critical role in building the informal networks of trust that enhance effective cooperation on intelligence and law enforcement. This sort of activity is not new; this article from The New Yorker last summer (in my opinion, the best article written on homeland security in all of 2005) details the NYPD’s foreign liaison activities.

(And incidentally, an inner-city LA cop coming to London and being teamed up with a stuffy British police officer would make a great buddy film.)

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