Yard Takes Gang War Thugs to New York

By Harris, Sarah | Daily Mail (London), April 10, 2001 | Go to article overview

Yard Takes Gang War Thugs to New York


Harris, Sarah, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: SARAH HARRIS

TEARAWAYS embroiled in gang warfare are being taken to New York in an attempt to stem racial violence on deprived estates.

Bangladeshi and white youths will be given outdoor adventure 'bonding' and teambuilding sessions as well as tours in patrol cars.

The move was attacked last night by groups representing victims of crime.

Norman Brennan, director of the Victims of Crime Trust, said: 'Yet again it looks like criminals are being rewarded for the crimes they are committing.'

Under the initiative, ten boys, aged 14 to 17, will be chosen from warring gangs on estates in Camden, North London, which is notorious for interracial conflict.

The Metropolitan Police are helping to fund the five-day [pound]5,000 trip and private sponsors are also being sought.

Acting Chief Inspector Dalvinder Babu will study the tactics of the New York Police Department.

The NYPD employs a large number of youth officers to patrol the streets on the lookout for truants and to visit schools, forging links with youngsters.

Chief Inspector Babu believes this summer's visit will help the boys learn respect for each other and the law.

'The police in New York are experienced in dealing with youth conflict because America has a long history of gang warfare as does Camden,' he said.

'They approach youths from an earlier stage than we do. That makes a tremendous difference in helping to encourage confidence in the police. We need to take a leaf out of the NYPD's book.

'This trip is a fact-finding mission to help us to reduce youth crime and so that we can learn from the NYPD. …

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