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Wednesday 26 April 2017
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ACPO Comment on NSPCC Freedom of Information Request on the Number of Child Sex Crimes

ACPO responds to the NSPCC's findings that 64 child sex crimes are recorded by police each day

 

ACPO Lead for Child Protection and Child Abuse Investigation, Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies, said:

 

“Protecting children from harm is a key concern for the police and great inroads have been made in our ability to detect and target child sex offenders.

 

“While recorded crime figures are clearly of interest they are not a good indicator of the prevalence or trends of child sexual abuse. We know that much abuse goes unreported, and it is conceivable that some increase in recorded crime may be attributable to victims, particularly those who have suffered historic abuse, having greater confidence to report these matters.

 

“Understanding the crime though is central to success. We are starting to bring it out of the dark places where victims suffer in silence for fear of reporting while recent infiltration of intricate global paedophile networks is further testament to the work we have collectively done to understand how offenders think and operate.

 

“We have a firm commitment to continuing our work. There is much more to do. It is a priority for every force and we must continue to work both nationally and locally to share best practice and specialist skills. We can’t do it alone which is where partnerships with organisations such as the NSPCC is so key but we will use every tool at our disposal to keep children safe from harm.”

 

For more information contact

ACPO Press Office
Association of Chief Police Officers
e: press.office@acpo.pnn.police.uk

 

The ACPO press office can be contacted via 020 7084 8946/47/48 (office hours) or via 07803 903686 (out of office hours).

 

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is an independent, professionally-led strategic body. In the public interest and, in equal and active partnership with government and the Association of Police Authorities, ACPO leads and co-ordinates the direction and development of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In times of national need ACPO, on behalf of all chief officers, co-ordinates the strategic policing response.

 

ACPO’s 329 members consist of 242 chief police officers from the home forces of assistant chief constable rank (commanders in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police) and above, plus 66 senior police staff members from the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Non home forces such as British Transport Police have 21 chief police officer members and there are three members from the Service Police.

 

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Date Published:

26/05/2011

 

Source:

ACPO