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A plumber who used the internet to highlight his wife's affair with a director of one of the world's largest financial companies will appear in court on harassment charges. Lawyers believe the case could help define the limits of free expression on the internet.
Ian Puddick, 41, from east London, was incensed after learning that his wife had conducted a 10-year relationship with her boss, a director of Guy Carpenter, a reinsurance company that advises clients on risk management.
Puddick set up a series of websites, a Twitter account and a blog to draw attention to the affair, alleging that the director, who he named, was pursuing an affair with his wife on the company's time and expenses – a claim rejected by Guy Carpenter. The company maintains Puddick's actions forced the director to leave his position due to stress.
Puddick's legal team are expected to use the three-day hearing at Westminster magistrates court to examine the actions of the City of London police, which dispatched its serious crime unit to raid his home and office in search of evidence.
Puddick's legal team is seeking to summon a number of Guy Carpenter's executives to appear at his trial, a move that promises unwanted publicity for a company that likes to keep a relatively low profile. Internal Guy Carpenter emails obtained by Puddick's legal team and seen by the Observer show that the firm employed a subsidiary – Kroll, a global private investigation agency used by many blue chip companies – in its quest to establish that Puddick was waging a harassment campaign.
Kroll briefed Guy Carpenter executives that the police had "offered significant assistance" in dealing with Puddick, whom it believed might be "dangerously unstable". One Kroll director emailed several Guy Carpenter executives on 23 July 2009, following a meeting with City police. "They … warn that the penalties for harassment are not very severe, unless you reoffend, and that the prosecution will be out of our control once the police and the Criminal Prosecution Service agree there is a case to answer. We should remember Puddick may relish the prospect of a day in court."
The email continues: "The civil route has the advantage of us being able to cease the prosecution at any stage, and tougher penalties. However, if the police take this on we can avoid being seen to have any role in prosecuting Puddick, which also has advantages. One way to combine the two may be to talk to Puddick post arrest, and warn him of our options in the civil courts to stop him reoffending."
The case is likely to be watched closely by legal and media experts as the battle to regulate what is disseminated over the internet is waged in the courts. Recent cases involving new media and super-injunctions have also raised questions on whether regulating the net inhibits freedom of speech.
Michael Wolkind QC, representing Puddick, said his client intended to defend his actions. "This case is about Mr Puddick's right to express his feelings about another person's immorality. Ian Puddick dared to speak out about his wife's affair and it has cost the public £1m for the extraordinary investigation carried out by an unusually enthusiastic police alongside an elite security firm."
Puddick's legal team say his home has been burgled and files were stolen as well as some valuables. However, following a police investigation, there is nothing to suggest that Guy Carpenter or Kroll were involved in any illegal activity.
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Whistleblower Ian Puddick F-cked by Kroll and London Police
Whistleblower Ian Puddick learnt that a board member of the world's largest reinsurance company, Guy Carpenter Ltd, was fiddling his company expenses in order to hide an affair he was having with his secretary. Puddick informed the company and clients.
The board member and executives from Guy Carpenter complained to Sussex police, who declined to get involved, writing in an email, 'it is a civil matter and we do not believe Mr xxxxxxxx will turn up in court'.
Guy Carpenter Ltd, owner of Kroll at the time, confirmed in an email from the Managing Director B. Hamilton that they had friends at the City of London Police.
Kroll then went on to meet Detective Chief Inspector Chandler, Detective Superintendent Davies, Head of Specialist Crimes Divison and Head of Serious Directorate. DCI Chandler then confirmed the use of significant resources.
B. Hamilton, then called Ian Puddick from a pay-as-you-go phone and said "you have no idea who you're fucking with, we have deep, deep pockets and we will fuck you like you have never been fucked before."
Plumber, Ian Puddick's home, office and company are all then raided by the counter-terrorism directorate in 'Operation Bohan'. All computers, laptops, phones, digital cameras, satellite navigations's are confiscated and sent to the high tech crimes laboratory for forensic analysis.
Guy Carpenter investigate the board member's expenses and decide to take disciplinary action, however, after 30 years employement, the board member resigns for 'personal reasons'.
Ian Puddick, appalled at this clear abuse of power makes the blog www.ianpuddick.com (being updated today) and www.policeexpenses.com. His home and office are then raided again by Murder Squad detectives from City of London Police. Puddick now faces a criminal charge of creating a website that discredits a person professionally and personally.
Puddick's home has been burgled and all his court defence documents stolen. The trial date is 15 June 2011, Westminster Magistrates Court.
US supercop criticises decision to stop foreigners applying for top Met job A former American 'supercop' has criticised the decision to rule out non-Britons from applying to become the new commisioner of the Metropolitan Police.
The Daily Telegraph disclosed on Saturday that David Cameron wanted Bill Bratton to replace Sir Paul Stephenson as head of the Met 12:20PM BST 07 Aug 2011
Bill Bratton, the former New York and Los Angeles police chief, said that he would have been interested in taking on the role as the Met was probably the most complex police force in the Western world, making its leadership an "interesting and challenging" prospect.
The Daily Telegraph disclosed on Saturday that David Cameron wanted Mr Bratton, who won plaudits for his zero tolerance style of policing, to replace Sir Paul Stephenson as head of the met, but was overruled by Theresa May, the home secretary.
It is understood that Downing Street sounded out Mr Bratton for the role amid calls for the leadership to be refreshed in the wake of Sir Paul's resignation, which followed soon after the resignation of John Yates as Assistant Commissioner, although this has been denied.
But Mrs may was unhappy with the idea of an American taking on the country's most senior policing job ahead of a Briton.
The Home Secretary has the power to appoint the new commissioner, after consulting with London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The role was advertised specifying that "applicants must be British citizens", ruling out any hope Mr Bratton had of applying for the job.
Mr Bratton said yesterday: ''The irony of that is that the Brits have been for years sending out their police officials all over the British Commonwealth. So they have no concern about sending people out from the British Isles to elsewhere in the British Commonwealth, but through her unilateral action, they've precluded not only United States police officials such as myself, but others in their Commonwealth. So I find that fascinating.''
He said he understood the decision to reserve the UK's top police job for British nationals was taken unilaterally by Mrs May.
He said that it ruled out not only him but also many high-calibre potential applicants from Canada and other parts of the Commonwealth.
Mr Bratton told the US-based Daily Beast news website: ''From my perspective, I have been interested in looking at that position, if it was open to people outside of Great Britain.
''It's one of the most prestigious positions in democratic policing in the world.
''I've had a long, almost 20-year affiliation with England, with the Met, and their role in democratic policing. I don't know that there's a major police chief in America or Canada, or for that matter in the British Commonwealth, who, given the opportunity, would not consider it.''
The 63-year-old, currently chairman of the Kroll private security firm, said the decision to consider only British applicants ''was apparently a unilateral decision, and it's never been determined if it was in consultation with the Mayor of London..."
Mr Bratton said that, with its responsibilities not only for local crime-fighting but also for counter-terrorism and royal protection, the Met was probably the most complex police force in the Western world.
The vacancy was created by Sir Paul's resignation last month following the revelation of links between senior officers in the Met and the News of the World. His departure was swiftly followed by the resignation of assistant commissioner John Yates.
The Prime Minister last month raised the prospect of foreign police chiefs being recruited to "bring in fresh leadership".
In a statement to MPs, Mr Cameron asked: "Why shouldn't someone with a different skill set be able to join the police force in a senior role? Why shouldn't someone who has been a proven success overseas be able to help turn around a force at home?"
Downing Street has denied that approaches had been made to Mr Bratton, who is renowned for his success in bringing down murder rates in New York and taking on the gangs of Los Angeles.
A Number 10 spokesman said: "Downing Street has not approached anyone to become chief constable of the Metropolitan Police.
"The PM and Home Secretary both agree that we should look at radical proposals for the future of leadership in the police service.
"That is what Tom Winsor, the Government's independent reviewer of police pay and conditions, is considering and will make recommendations on."
A Home Office spokesman said: "The Government is clear: we have the best police in the world and we will recruit the best person to become the next commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. The advertisement out on 21 July makes clear the criteria."
Thugs must be made to fear the police, says U.S. 'supercop' hired by Cameron
Bill Bratton and PM expected to meet next month Osborne warns of 'deep-seated social problems'
By Inderdeep Bains
Last updated at 12:15 PM on 13th August 2011 Young thugs and gang members should be made to ‘fear’ the police and stiff punishments for crimes, according to the Prime Minister’s new American crime adviser.
Former New York police chief Bill Bratton, famed for his ‘zero tolerance’ tactics, said yesterday that UK forces should be more assertive with offenders, advocating a doctrine of ‘escalating force’.
Last week David Cameron was reported to have approached Mr Bratton to discuss taking charge of the Metropolitan Police, and he has already enlisted him to help tackle the threat of gangs.
However his comments came as fresh doubts emerged over his chances of landing top job at the Met, which could be hindered by the Prime Minister’s own police reforms and clampdown on immigration.
According to the Guardian, as a US citizen Mr Bratton may be blocked by the police and social responsibility bill currently going through parliament.
It states that the Met commissioner must hold the office of 'constable', which Mr Bratton, who has never served in the British police, does not.
He could be sworn in but would then face another obstacle.
Those who hold the office of constable and who are not British citizens must have been granted immigration status allowing them to remain in the UK indefinitely.
However, the government has vowed to restrict the numbers of people being granted permission to stay in Britain indefinitely to limit immigration.
New York: Bratton made his name by tackling gang crime in the city
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the 63-year-old American said young offenders should be made to realise very early in their lives that crime will result in punishment.
He said: ‘You want the criminal element to fear them, fear their ability to interrupt their own ability to carry out criminal behaviour, and arrest and prosecute and incarcerate them.
‘In my experience, the younger criminal element don’t fear the police and have been emboldened to challenge the police and effectively take them on.
‘What needs to be understood is that police are empowered to do certain things - to stop, to talk, to frisk on certain occasions, to arrest if necessary, to use force.’
The deadline for applications for the Commissioner’s post, which became vacant following the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson during the phone hacking scandal, was supposed to be Friday.
However, it has been put back following this week’s riots. HOW BRATTON TAMED THE U.S. CRIME GANGS
Bill Bratton is not a complete outsider to British policing. He's been a consultant advising different forces.
In 1991, he famously delivered a list of about 400 gang and drug kingpins he wanted to arrest to the mayor of Boston when he became commissioner.
His initial success in New York relied on big increases in resources - recruiting 5,000 new better trained officer. Reports of serious crime dropped 27 per cent.
In Los Angeles he worked on smaller budgets, specifically tackling gangs, using Big Society ideas of local areas taking responsibility for fighting crime in their neighbourhoods.
Mr Bratton left Los Angeles police in 2009 - after significantly lowering the crime rate and is now chairman of Kroll, a Manhattan-based private security firm.
The advert placed by the Home Office states that candidates ‘must be British citizens’.
Mr Cameron spoke to Mr Bratton - who has also headed the Los Angeles police - by telephone yesterday.
The two men discussed the possibility of Mr Bratton advising the Government on how to deal with gangs.
Mr Bratton said: 'This is a Prime Minister who has a clear idea of what he wants to do.
'He sees this crisis as a way to bring change. The police force there can be a catalyst for that. I'm very optimistic.'
The pair are expected to meet face-to-face next month to continue their talks.
Chancellor George Osborne today backed Mr Bratton and said there were 'deep-seated social problems' to address but stuck to the party line on police budget cuts.
'We are committed to the plan we have set out for police reform. And it is about reform, about improving the presence of the police in our communities, making the police more visible,' he said.
He told Radio 4 Today programme. 'There are very deep-seated social problems which we need to tackle.
'There are communities that have just been left behind by the rest of the country, there are communities cut off from the economic lifeblood of the rest of the country.
'I don't think the debate should be reduced to whether there should be x-thousand numbers of police officers or x-thousand-plus-one numbers of police officers in our society.
'We want an effective police service. They have done an amazing job this week. We want to use the advice of people like Bill Bratton to really tackle some of the deep-seated social issues like gang culture.
'But this is not just about police budgets; this is about a far bigger challenge for our society, which is dealing with people who we have ignored for too long and helping them feel they have a stake in society.'
William Joseph "Bill" Bratton CBE (born October 6, 1947) is an American law enforcement officer who served as the chief of police of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), New York City Police Commissioner, and Boston Police Commissioner.
On September 11, 2009, he was awarded with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In early August 2009, Bratton unexpectedly announced that effective October 31, 2009, he would resign his position as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department to take a position as Chairman of Altegrity Risk International in New York City. On September 16, 2010, Bratton became the chairman of Kroll, an Altegrity company.
Bratton is native to the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Boston Technical High School, graduating in 1965. From there, he served in the Military Police Corps of the United States Army during the Vietnam War, returning to Boston in 1970 to start a police career in the Boston Police Department. He quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant, and in 1980, at the age of 32 and ten years after his appointment to the BPD, Bratton was named as the youngest-ever Executive Superintendent of the Boston Police, the department's second highest post. He was dismissed as executive superintendent after he told a journalist that his goal was to be the Police Commissioner. He was reassigned to the position of Inspector of Bureaus, a sinecure which was responsible for liaison with minority and LGBTQ communities. He was later brought back into police headquarters to handle labor relations and 911 related issues.
Between 1983 and 1986 Bratton was Chief of Police for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, following which he became Superintendent of Boston's Metropolitan District Commission Police. In 1990, he was appointed Chief of Police of the New York City Transit Police. Bratton was Superintendent in Chief of the Boston Police Department from 1991 until 1993, then he became that city's 34th Police Commissioner. He holds the Department's highest award for valor.
New York City
Bratton became the chief of the New York City Transit Police Department in 1990. In 1991 the Transit Police gained national accreditation under the chief. The Department became one of only 175 law-enforcement agencies in the country and only the second in the New York State to achieve that distinction. The following year it was also accredited by the State of New York, and by 1994, there were almost 4,500 uniformed and civilian members of the Department, making it the sixth largest police force in the United States. Bratton had left the NYC Transit Police returning to Boston in 1991 to head the Boston Police Department, a long-time ambition of his.
In 1994, William Bratton was appointed the 38th Commissioner of the NYPD by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. He cooperated with Giuliani in putting the broken windows theory into practice. He had success in this position, and introduced the CompStat system of tracking crimes, which proved successful in reducing crime in New York City and is still used to this day. A new tax surcharge enabled the training and deployment of around 5,000 new better-educated police officers, police decision-making was devolved to precinct level, and a backlog of 50,000 unserved warrants was cleared. The CompStat real-time police intelligence computer system was effectively introduced and integrated. Police numbers were further boosted in 1995 when New York's housing and transit police were merged into the New York Police Department.
Bratton resigned in 1996, while under investigation by the Corporation Counsel for the propriety of a book deal that he signed while in office as well as accepting multiple unauthorized trips from corporations and individuals. These were offenses considered minor by many (Giuliani later allowed subsequent Commissioner Bernard Kerik to be let off with a slap on the wrist after nearly identical offenses). Front and center however, were alleged personal conflicts with Giuliani, partly due to Giuliani's opposition to some of Bratton's reforms and partly due to Giuliani's belief that Bratton was getting more credit for the reduction in crime than Giuliani was.
The experiences of Bratton and New York Deputy Police Commissioner Jack Maple were used as the inspiration of the television series The District.
Bratton worked as a private consultant with Kroll Associates, also known as LAPD's Independent Monitor, until his appointment by Mayor of Los Angeles James Hahn as the LAPD's 54th Chief of Police in October 2002. Under Bratton's tenure, crime within the city had dropped for 6 consecutive years. On June 19, 2007, the LA Police Commission reappointed William Bratton to a second five-year term, the first reappointment of an LAPD chief in almost twenty years. Bratton has been criticized for his extensive travel; in 2005, he was out of town for a full third of the year on both official and personal business.
In March 2009, Councilman Herb Wesson proposed an amendment to the City Charter, allowing Bratton to serve a third consecutive term as Police Chief.
On August 5, 2009, Bratton announced that after nearly seven years he would be stepping down as chief of police for the City of Los Angeles, and he continued to serve as chief until October 31, 2009. Bratton will be moving back to New York City to take a position with a private international security firm called Altegrity Risk International, serving as a Chairman of a new division where he will consult on security for police departments worldwide.
William J. Bratton became the Chairman of Kroll, one of Altegrity, Inc.’s four core businesses, on 16 September 2010. Mr. Bratton joined Altegrity in November 2009.
On 12 August 2011, Bratton said he was in talks with the British Government to become an advisor on controlling the violence that has affected that city for the prior week. He said he received a phone call from U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, and that he will continue speaking with British officials to formalize an agreement. Prime Minister Cameron initially wanted to appoint Bratton Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service, but was overruled by Home Secretary Theresa May, who insisted that only a British citizen should be able to run Scotland Yard.  Personal life
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from the University of Massachusetts Boston and was a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Bratton has been married four times.
Bratton is married to attorney and TruTV analyst Rikki Klieman, and has one son, David, from a prior marriage. Bratton was also formerly married to attorney and newscaster Cheryl Fiandaca.
In 1998, Random House published his memoir TURNAROUND: How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic, written with co-author Peter Knobler. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Bratton addressed the Roger Williams University graduating class at the May 22, 2010 commencement ceremony and also received an honorary degree during the ceremony.
Bratton Out of Town for a Third of '05 The police chief and supporters defend his frequent travel as important to his job. Critics say he's often gone when crises occur. March 11, 2006|Patrick McGreevy | Times Staff Writer
Police Chief William J. Bratton spent more than one-third of last year -- 125 days -- traveling out of town on business and personal trips, a record that has some city leaders questioning how much his mind is on the job in Los Angeles.
Bratton, who leaves Thursday for a nine-day business trip to Israel, said Los Angeles benefits from the sharing of information on policing and anti-terrorism efforts that occurs when he visits other cities. Bratton released his travel records Friday at the request of The Times.
"There is a value to Los Angeles," he said. "Oftentimes it results in money coming to the city. New ideas are brought back. There is a value to me in terms of staying aware of what changes are occurring in my profession."
The trip to Israel is being billed as an opportunity for Bratton and his Israeli counterparts to meet and share experience and expertise at an anti-terrorism conference.
But critics say his extensive travels mean he has been out of town at crucial moments, including the day after terrorists bombed the London subway and the day a Los Angeles Police Department officer shot to death a toddler being held by her father who was shooting at police.
"During critical times, he is out of town attending to some other interest," said Melanie Lomax, a former police commissioner. "I'm very concerned because what it indicates to me is the chief of police is on the make for some higher position."
City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has also noticed the chief's frequent absences.
"I would love to see our chief of police spend more time in Los Angeles," she said. "When you are here, you are making Los Angeles your priority. I think it would also help the morale of officers if he was around more."
However, Bratton's travels are accepted by other city leaders who see Bratton as a great ambassador for Los Angeles.
"Year after year, Chief Bratton has delivered results for our city," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement. "He is one of the country's foremost experts on local policing and one of the most innovative leaders in law enforcement."
But Bratton appears to be taking that ambassador role too far, said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.
"He's not the secretary of state," Coupal said. "A third of the year just seems like an excessive amount of travel. Isn't there enough crime in Los Angeles for him to stick around?"
Lomax said Bratton travels much more than his predecessors, Bernard C. Parks and Willie L. Williams, who were chiefs when she was a commissioner.
"The thing about the chief of police is that availability and presence is everything," Lomax said.
Some observers, including Lomax, suspect that Bratton's travel, equivalent to being out of the city for four months, is smoothing the way for an eventual move to a national position in law enforcement, although the chief has said he wants a second five-year term at the LAPD when his current term expires next year.
Others note that many of his trips are to New York City and Boston, both cities where he previously served as chief and where he still has many friends. Bratton said he had a leadership position among the nation's police executives that often requires him to attend conferences.
The chief said some of his personal days involved spending part of the summer with his ailing mother, who at one point was given last rites but has recovered.
Bratton's travel records indicate he was out of town for 61 days on personal business and 64 days on police business in 2005.
In some cases, he left town at midday or in the evening but counted that as a day out of town. His travels included 41 weekend days.
The 19 trips on official business took him to such places as Australia; Chicago; Miami; Newark, N.J.; Las Vegas; Washington, D.C.; Boston; and New York City.
This year is also taking him out of town a lot. By the time he returns from Jerusalem on March 24, he will have spent 27 of 83 days of the year out of town on official business.
The trips included an eight-day foray in January to London, where he attended a chiefs conference, talked to British law enforcement and met with Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) and Sheriff Lee Baca "on terrorism issues."
Police Commissioner Shelley Freeman said the travel appeared to be appropriate.
"He does travel a great deal on police business," she said. "But one of the great things about the chief is he brings back intelligence from other police departments from all over the world."
As for the chief's being out of town when incidents happen, Freeman said, "We have a great command staff" to fill in when he is gone.
Most recently Bratton went to Boston and to Providence, R.I., Feb. 27 through March 2 "to participate as a seminar leader at the chief's forum for Northeastern University and to be keynote speaker at a community safety forum" of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.
Bratton said in an interview that he is constantly in touch by cellphone and BlackBerry with his department.
Council President Eric Garcetti is among those not bothered by the chief's frequent flying.
"When this city brought Chief Bratton on board, we fully intended to take advantage of his national profile," Garcetti said as he himself prepared to fly to Washington for a national cities conference.
"Crime continues to fall; and the chief, his top deputies and on down to our senior lead officers are responsive to my concerns and those of my constituents," Garcetti added. "So I feel it's in Los Angeles' interest to have Bratton as an ambassador."
On July 5, 2005, police in Torrance, Calif., a small city bordering Los Angeles, arrested two men leaving a gas station after a robbery. That kind of crime predates Bonnie and Clyde. The next day, Torrance detectives executed a search warrant on the apartment of one of the suspects in my city, Los Angeles. There they found documents that seemed to give clues to the planning of attacks on locations in Los Angeles.
Immediately, Torrance called in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. FBI agents, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriff's department, and a team of analysts began to go through the documents. According to the indictment, they uncovered plans to attack U.S. military facilities in Los Angeles County and places where Jews gather, from synagogues to the Israeli consulate.
It appeared there might be other suspects involved. We needed to move quickly and quietly. That night, my phone rang at 3 a.m. It was the LAPD command center notifying me that bombs were going off on London trains at the height of the city's rush hour. I knew we had to address security concerns for our own rush hour.
This is the world of a big-city police chief today. A terrorist plot in your own back yard, another unfolding half a world away. You need the agility to react to both, sometimes simultaneously.
In both cases, my efforts were linked seamlessly with the Los Angeles office of the FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Force and Field Intelligence Group. This is the new normal.
I have security clearances and identification that give me unfettered access to the FBI's offices here. I am briefed on classified operations and worldwide threats whether there is a connection to Los Angeles or not. The FBI understands the need for information-sharing.
Lately people have been calling on Washington to create a new domestic intelligence agency, without police powers -- like Britain's MI5 -- to take over from the FBI and be the lead in gathering and analyzing intelligence as it relates to terrorism. The argument goes that the "FBI culture" is that of a criminal investigative agency driven to make arrests and bring prosecutions and that the bureau does not have the instinct to draw back and look at the wider picture as a purely intelligence-driven agency might. I disagree.
Today, FBI intelligence analysts sit side by side with LAPD and sheriff's analysts in a Joint Regional Intelligence Center here. Our investigations are intelligence-driven. When we don't have enough information, we can gather intelligence for weeks, months or even years. When the intelligence tells us there is a threat to public safety, we can move in and make arrests.
A new agency that would gather intelligence and then go to law enforcement to take action would add an unnecessary step. If the problem before Sept. 11, 2001, was that the right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing, how would a third hand help?
America's police departments have achieved a higher level of synergy with the FBI on intelligence and investigations than at any other time in history. If it's not broken, let's not try to fix it. The writer has been police commissioner of Boston and New York City. He is currently the police chief of Los Angeles.
William J. Bratton - Chairman, Kroll William J. Bratton is Chairman of Kroll, one of Altegrity, Inc.’s three core businesses. Prior to the acquisition of Kroll in August 2010, Mr. Bratton served as Chairman of Altegrity Risk International, which is now part of the Kroll business unit. Kroll is the world’s leading risk consulting company, providing a broad range of investigative, intelligence, financial, due diligence, security and technology services to help clients reduce risks, solve problems and capitalize on opportunities.
Mr. Bratton joined Altegrity in November 2009 after serving as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for seven years. He is known as one of America’s premier police chiefs, the only person to have led two of the largest police forces in the United States, the New York City Police Department and the LAPD.
As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, New York City Police Commissioner and Chief of the LAPD, Mr. Bratton revitalized police morale and cut crime significantly in all four posts. In New York, he led the development and deployment of CompStat, which has revolutionized policing all over the world. CompStat employs accurate, real-time intelligence, rapid deployment of resources and relentless follow-up and accountability systems to focus the work of police on stopping crimes before they happen. In Los Angeles, in addition to significantly driving down crime, he is also credited with improving the LAPD's relationships with the city’s many diverse communities.
In 1999, before returning to public service in 2002 as Chief of the LAPD, Mr. Bratton formed his own company, The Bratton Group LLC, consulting on safety and security throughout the United States and on four continents, including extensive work in South America.
A frequent lecturer, writer and commentator in the fields of security, counterterrorism, law enforcement and rule of law justice systems, Mr. Bratton is Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, whose members provide advice and recommendations on a variety of homeland security issues to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also serves on the Motorola Solutions Board of Directors.
The recipient of many honors throughout his career, Mr. Bratton was most recently named by Security magazine as one of 2010’s most influential people in the security industry based on his leadership qualities and the positive impact that his work has made on organizations, colleagues and the general public. This is the second time in two years that he has appeared on the magazine’s list of most influential security executives. In 2009, Mr. Bratton was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
A U.S. Army veteran who saw service in Vietnam, Mr. Bratton began his police career in 1970 as an officer with the Boston Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His critically acclaimed autobiography “Turnaround” was published by Random House in 1998.
Bill Bratton says he can lead police out of 'crisis' despite budget cuts
US police chief 'seriously interested' in Scotland Yard position though home secretary has banned foreigners from applying
Vikram Dodd and Allegra Stratton guardian.co.uk, Sunday 14 August 2011 21.00 BST
Bill Bratton, the former New York police chief, has expressed interest in becoming the commissioner of the Metropolitan police.
The former US police chief Bill Bratton has said he is a "progressive" who can lead British policing out of "crisis", reduce crime despite budget cuts, and bring about "transformational" change in the aftermath of last week's UK riots.
In an interview with the Guardian, Bratton said he was "seriously" interested in the vacant post of commissioner of the Metropolitan police but that the home secretary, Theresa May, had been "adamant" in banning foreign nationals from applying.
Bratton – credited with turning around troubled police departments in New York and Los Angeles – is understood to have been David Cameron's choice to run Scotland Yard. Instead he will advise the prime minister on gangs and crime after the Home Office insisted candidates must be British.
According to Whitehall sources, Bratton has also told friends that he was so keen to take the job he would be prepared to take British citizenship if it made the difference. Cameron's courting of Bratton continued to provoke criticism by senior British officers on Sunday.
The series of rows between the Tories and senior police officers intensified yesterday. They are disputing where the blame lies for losing control of the streets to looters, who deserves the credit for quelling the riots, and whether budget cuts will endanger public safety. The day's developments include:
• Chris Sims, the chief constable of West Midlands police, criticised "empty slogans" after Cameron's remarks about a "zero tolerance" of crime – a theory Bratton used in New York. In a statement Sims said: "I continue to work with the Police Authority to develop a policing response that is consistent with available good practice but is not slavishly adopting empty slogans."
• Theresa May, the home secretary, meanwhile, insisted it was her job to tell police chiefs "what the public want them to do". In his Guardian interview Bratton hits out at those opposing foreign expertise to help UK policing and warns against being "parochial".
• The London mayor, Boris Johnson, said he would continue to fight for more police officers.
The appointment of Bratton as a consultant on gangs by the prime minister was attacked over the weekend by Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
In a swipe at Orde, who has dismissed the call for foreign police chiefs as "simply stupid", Bratton says Orde himself was successful as an Englishman coming in as an outsider to run the police in Northern Ireland: "I find it ironical the hue and cry about outsiders," Bratton said. He adds that if US police chiefs spoke out against politicians in the same way as Britain's, they would be fired.
Bratton's remarks are his most extensive yet on how the US and his experience can, he claims, make British streets safer, and will be seen by some as a job application.
He told the Guardian he had been "an outsider" when he took over police departments in the US and the situation with the Met "mirrors" those he inherited in New York and LA police departments.
The similarities were a leadership stepping down amid a corruption scandal, disorder on the streets, rows with politicians, and community concerns about policing.
Bratton said: "The Met is having its share of issues and leadership crises, certainly. It is a mirror image of when I went into the NYPD and LAPD, and both those cities turned out quite well. I've been an outsider in every department I've worked in. Bureaucrats change processes, leaders change culture. I think of myself as a transformational leader who changes cultures."
Bratton said US police chiefs had shown their British counterparts the way, securing large falls in crime despite facing falling budgets.
In LA, were he stepped down as police chief in 2009, despite high unemployment and a 15% budget cut, crime is down by 10%.
Bratton said: "You can run around saying the sky is falling in, the sky is falling in, or you actually do something about it. You have to play the hand you're dealt. I've always dealt initially with budget cuts."
"Out of crisis comes opportunities. If you want to speed up the process of change, nothing does it better than a good old crisis."
Bratton said the chance to become Met commissioner was attractive: "If it was open to people other than British citizens it would be something I would seriously consider. I understand the home secretary is adamant in opposing that." Bratton declares he is steeped in the traditions of British policing, and insists he can change its culture and that human rights is at the heart of his thinking: "Britain is the birthplace of democratic policing. Robert Peel's nine principles [of policing] shaped my thinking."
But it had to learn from elsewhere: "Anyone who looks only inwards is not going to be as successful as someone who looks outside, the world over. It's a big world out there."
He says his track record demonstrates his toughness on crime, but paints a much more rounded picture of himself. He told the Guardian he is a "progressive" who points out he hired more people from the ethnic minorities, women, gay people and transvestite people to make the police forces he ran reflect the communities they serve. The rebellion by British police chiefs spread , with fresh annoyance being triggered by Cameron telling a Sunday newspaper he wanted "zero tolerance" policing adopted on Britain's streets. The courts opened their doors on a Sunday for the first time as the justice system continued to struggle to process suspected looters and rioters.
The police surge in numbers following the rioting was maintained , but unless there is further trouble or intelligence of fresh disorder, some areas will start reducing the officers out on the street on Monday .
British Police chiefs who thought government criticism was limited to the Met's handling of the outbreak of disorder in London, now feel the attack has spread to the reaction to force in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester.
On Sunday Chief Constable Sims said: "I look forward to being held to account for the decisions I have made over the past week which I believe were consistent with the available information and resources.
I am proud of how quickly the force adopted new tactics to this unprecedented challenge."
Amid stiff sentences being handed out to rioters and looters, Sims called for compassion not to be lost: "Sentencing is justifiably harsh but we must not at this time abandon all compassion for some of our very damaged young people who have been caught up in these incidents."
Tim Godwin, acting commissioner of the Met, said the criticism had led to "upset" among his command team and officers on the ground.
Andy Trotter, chief constable of British Transport police and a public order expert who is seriously considering applying for the Met commissionership, said he did not believe government claims that budget cuts would not damage the police: "We cannot pretend that the scale of cuts we face will not impact on the frontline of policing.
A World In Action TV programme depicted Murrin as a malicious man who had dogged Oyston for years. After its screening in 1992, a beautiful model agency 'booker' named Melanie Hardy called Granada TV and asked to be put in touch with Murrin. Hardy said that Oyston was the real owner of various British model agencies. Murrin introduced her to Detective Inspector Malcolm Robishaw of Greater Manchester, telling Robishaw in a letter:
'Firstly I would like to point out that, in my opinion Oyston is/was a very dangerous man. He has immense charm but preys on peoples' weaknesses. He came very close to becoming very powerful at a national level with his close connections with Kinnock and other national politicians. I believe I am right to claim that had I not kicked the stool from under him by exposing the Inland Revenue investigation into his estate agency business [which I initiated] thus forcing the Royal Insurance to get rid of him, he could have pulled it off and become a very significant figure. The feeding of information into Kroll Associates ensured that he had to dispose of cable TV for next to nothing and Red Rose shares are down to 50p.'
Detective Inspector Robishaw had annoyed Murrin by reporting that Oyston did not own the model agency.
30 October  Acting for a London merchant bank, Kroll Associates, the American corporate investigators, contacted Murrin and arranged for him to travel to meet them in London. They refused to allow him to bring reporter Andrew Rosthorn. Murrin advised Sir Peter Blaker of the Kroll contact.
3 November Murrin and his solicitor Craven, a local Tory, travelled to London to meet Kroll at their offices in Curzon Street.
11 November Journalist Martin Tomkinson wrote to Murrin: 'Any euphoria about Kroll has now worn off and I'm writing to establish some new, and binding ground rules. First and foremost I hope you really do appreciate that this thing is now 100% for real. You and I have just fucked-up a £10 million plus deal for Oyston [or so it seems]. This does not happen every day and from now on things can only get dirtier.'
25 November Tomkinson reported that Kroll's client, '100% threw out Oyston' and that he had received from News on Sunday, contacts lists of Oyston's bank payments and gifts to people.
30/31 October  Murrin reported further contacts with Kroll to Sir Peter Blaker MP: 'They say their client is a merchant bank in London but refuse to name the bank.'
10 December  Murrin told Peter Hounam of the Sunday Times that freelance reporter Martin Tomkinson was paid £5000 by Owen Oyston while taking work for Kroll Associates investigating Oyston.
Kroll persuaded City police to launch doomed £1m probe Revealed: corporate sleuths initiated police investigation to protect client’s reputation By Tim Wood and Andrea Perry | 29 June 2012 | 1 Related piece
"We can avoid being seen to have any role in prosecuting Puddick" Benedict Hamilton, of Kroll, writing in an e-mail to colleagues
Corporate investigators Kroll instigated a doomed £1 million police investigation to protect the reputation of an insurance company, confidential e-mails show.
Exaro has obtained a series of e-mails from within the highly secretive corporate-investigations giant that detail how it enlisted the help of police in the UK as part an operation code-named ‘Project Marten’, to protect Guy Carpenter, the global reinsurance company.
One e-mail reports on a key meeting between Kroll and senior police officers, saying: “The meeting went very well, and they have offered significant assistance.” The investigation by the City of London Police led to criminal charges. But the case collapsed last year in what one MP suggested in Parliament was a “taxpayer-funded crusade”.
An Exaro investigation can today reveal Kroll’s ‘hidden hand’ behind the doomed police case.
It began after an affair between two married employees at Guy Carpenter. One, Tim Haynes, was a reinsurance broker and a director of the company at the time. The other was his secretary, Leena Puddick.
The secretary’s husband, Ian Puddick, found out and decided to embarrass Haynes by publicising the affair on the web.
The insurance company called in Kroll, which was a sister company at the time. They were owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), but Kroll was sold in 2010.
After the meeting between Kroll and police, counter-terrorist police in August 2009 arrested Puddick for harassment, and raided his home and office.
But Haynes, who resigned six months later, told police that he did not want to pursue the case.
As a result, the prosecution against Puddick was dropped. Puddick, who runs a plumbing business, set up a website to publish more details of the affair and criticise the investigation by City police.
He was arrested again in what became a high-profile case. Puddick became the first person charged with using the internet to harass someone.
Haynes gave evidence in the case, but Puddick was cleared in June 2011 of two charges of harassment. Puddick’s constituency MP, David Burrowes, raised the case in Parliament and suggested that it was a “taxpayer-funded crusade”. He said: “One could argue that if the complaint had been made to the City of London police by an ordinary member of the public – say, a plumber, like my constituent – the estimated £1 million would not have been spent investigating and prosecuting the case.”
One e-mail obtained by Exaro shows that Kroll turned to City police to tackle Puddick after Sussex Police dismissed it as a “civil matter”.
Dan Mead, director of security at MMC, set up the key meeting with City police.
Benedict Hamilton, then London-based associate managing director of Kroll, told Mel Schwartz, counsel for MMC, in the e-mail: “As scheduled, we also met with the heads of the police specialist crime unit as arranged by Dan Mead.”
The police had “promised to deploy significant resources” to the investigation, he told colleagues.
Hamilton, who works on financial investigations for Kroll, wrote that they were considering “civil remedies that would threaten Puddick’s assets.”
“If the police take this on, we can avoid being seen to have any role in prosecuting Puddick, which also has advantages. One way to combine the two may be to talk to Puddick post arrest, and warn him of our options in the civil courts to prevent him reoffending.” A former investigative journalist, Hamilton worked for Channel 4 and the BBC, and has since become the managing director of Kroll’s financial-investigations unit.
Mead told Exaro: “I did set up the meeting with the City of London Police. We had a problem, and we consulted them. A lot of the work was done by Kroll before the police got involved.”
He believed that Kroll was justified in seeking police help.
Puddick, who is suing the City of London Police, told Exaro: “My life turned into a nightmare. This is a disturbing example of big business using its financial clout to manipulate the system.”
A spokeswoman for City of London Police said: “The City of London police investigation was conducted in line with national procedure. We respect the decision of the court.”