Published: Aug 12, 2011 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Police Commissioner William Bratton tells The Associated Press that he's in talks with the British government to become an adviser on calming the violence there.
    
Bratton says he received a phone call from Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday asking him whether he would consider becoming a consultant for British police.
    
Bratton says he thanked Cameron for the opportunity. He also says he will continue speaking with British officials to formalize an agreement.
    
Bratton has also served as police chief in Los Angeles and Boston and has built a reputation for helping quell gang influence. He is now a private security firm executive.
    
Cameron told British lawmakers this week that he would welcome Bratton's input.

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