Investigating those who search for illegal images of children online

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2198
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the national policing lead for child protection, has said that it is impossible to imprison every single person who has sought to locate exploitative and illegal images of children online but instead look for alternative solutions. How does the Metropolitan Police Service seek to prioritise who they investigate for such offences, and what support is it being provided with to apprehend those who download indecent images?

Answer

Answer for Investigating those who search for illegal images of children online

Answer for Investigating those who search for illegal images of children online

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS prioritises its action based on risk to children from potential contact abuses and online groomers, as well as a focus on those in positions of trust and authority over children. The MPS has a specialist digital forensic capability to support investigators, as well as capability within the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECA) via a dedicated, highly skilled team who investigate online groomers and potential abusers and receive regular training to keep up-to-date with advances in computer technology.