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Last Updated: Friday, 16 May, 2003, 22:13 GMT 23:13 UK
Former NY cop gets Iraqi beat

By Jane Standley
BBC New York correspondent

A former police chief of New York City is to go to Iraq to work for the US Government in helping restore law and order.

Former New York City police chief Bernard Kerik (far right) was a close colleague of the city's former mayor Rudi Giuliani
Kerik (right) was a close colleague of Mayor Giuliani (centre)
Bernard Kerik led New York's nearly 40,000 police officers in the tense and difficult weeks after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

Before then he had been instrumental in the "zero tolerance" policy of his close colleague and former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani.

Mr Kerik was honoured with awards from all over the world - including one from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - in recognition of his work in New York after the 11 September attacks.

Law enforcer

Mr Kerik left his post at the end of 2001 when the administration of Mr Giuliani ended, and has since been working for the former mayor's management consultancy firm.

Baghdad looters
Kerik's priority will be to restore law and order

But he is now expected to arrive in Iraq within the week to work for the US Government.

Officials confirmed that Mr Kerik had been selected by Paul Bremer, the new US administrator for Iraq, and that law and order will again be his brief.

Mr Kerik says he speaks a smattering or Arabic - from four years spent in Saudi Arabia training security staff.

He also ran New York's prisons.

But some commentators say he may find restoring security to Baghdad a difficult job.

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