At a scale and pace not seen before, police across England and Wales have coordinated a thousand search warrants against Organised Crime Groups (OCGs), arresting hundreds of people and seizing firearms, huge amounts of cash and cannabis plants worth approximately £115-£130 million.
His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) have today (5 April) published an inspection of how well the police and National Crime Agency (NCA) tackle the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
In December 2021, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing set out priority actions for all police forces in England and Wales to bring consistently high standards to the police response to violence against women and girls.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has released a report today saying that imagery of primary school aged children sexually abusing themselves on camera has soared by more than 1,000 per cent since 2019. Below, DCC Ian Critchley responds to these findings and details how police are working to tackle this type of offending.