Wednesday, 25 March 2015

50 police officers arrested for suspected access to child pornography

 "Fifty police officers across the UK have been arrested as part of a crackdown on suspected paedophiles who pay to access child pornography websites, detectives revealed [24 March 2015]. The officers were among 1,300 people arrested on suspicion of accessing or downloading indecent images of children – some as young as five – from US-based Internet sites."
"At a press conference at Scotland Yard  ..., Jim Gamble, assistant chief constable of the National Crime Squad, said he was not surprised at the number of police officers among the suspects. `As police officers, we should expect to be held accountable,` he said. `Fifty police officers have been identified and we are not hiding that fact. We want you to know about that to reassure you`..."

"Mr Gamble said the 50 officers were among 1,200 Britons who had been identified as `category one or two` suspects – those who posed the greatest potential risk to children. In addition, 40 children nationwide – 28 of them in London – had been identified as being at risk of being abused and appropriate steps had been taken with other agencies to ensure that all the youngsters were safe..."

"The Met’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Carole Howlett, said today’s raids represented the single largest operation of its kind mounted so far by the force...Ms Howlett also announced that the Home Office had agreed to allocate an extra £500,000 to support further action as part of Operation Ore. She said the money would be used to provide extra training in computer forensics for officers across the country and to buy more equipment for analysing computers seized."

"Commenting on today’s operation, children’s charity NSPCC said it had been assisting the Met by responding to any emerging child protection matters..."

"Operation Ore is the UK wing of a huge FBI operation which traced 250,000 paedophiles worldwide last year through credit card details used to pay for downloading child porn."

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