Number of Police Recorded Indecent Images of Children

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12144
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How many incidents involving indecent images of children (IIOC) were recorded by the Metropolitan Police Service in the 2018/19 financial year and each of the four years before that?

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Answer for Number of Police Recorded Indecent Images of Children
Number of Police Recorded Indecent Images of Children

Number of Police Recorded Indecent Images of Children

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please see below the requested data for the period specified. The live data for this report was extracted from CRIS MIS on 12/06/2019. The Home Office Classifications used to collate this data were:

1) Take or to make indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs, of children; and, 

2) Possession of an indecent or pseudo-photograph of a child.    

The MPS have attributed the increase in recorded incidents of IIOC - during the last 4 years - to several factors. Namely, better recording of offences, advances in technology and understanding by Law Enforcement agencies enabling better intelligence processes, to identify and arrest offenders. The internet enabling offenders easier access to IIOC, and increased referrals from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

In recognition of the growing threat to children and young people, the Mayor has allocated additional funding to enhance the risk-based approach, enabling the MPS to stop and prevent more predatory offenders and to protect London’s children and young people in a more effective way.

Financial Year Grand Total
2014-15 595
2015-16 795
2016-17 1,356
2017-18 1,941
2018-19 2,310