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By Prospect   March 2011


Hugh Orde’s views on the policing of protest, in February’s cover story, and Jessica de Grazia’s article on law and order in New York (in the same issue), both remind us that, despite the controversy which always attends policing here, Britain’s record is admired in most parts of the world. In heaven, so the saying goes, the lovers are Italian, the engineers are Swiss, the cooks are French—and the police are British.

De Grazia is right that aspects of New York’s policing “miracle” resulted from the leadership of William Bratton, commissioner in the mid 1990s. But…

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