Force ‘failed to act on intelligence’ from child protection unit over DVDs

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NORTH YORKSHIRE Police failed to act for ten months after receiving intelligence from a national police child protection unit, an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission found.

The investigation led to a police staff member being disciplined and changes to how the force deals with intelligence from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP).

On November 26, 2013, the force received intelligence from CEOP relating to the purchase of DVDs from Canada containing naked images of children.

The IPCC found North Yorkshire Police did not act upon the intelligence until September 29 2014. The investigation found an intelligence officer in the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) failed to adequately deal with the intelligence. A case to answer for misconduct was found by the investigator. The IPCC also identified steps for the force to take that would stop individual errors affecting the progress of investigations. North Yorkshire Police accepted and has implemented all of the recommendations.

Deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick said the force takes “its safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously”.

He said: “We are committed to protecting children from sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse through a joint approach with our statutory and non-statutory partners. This referral to the IPCC demonstrates our approach to openness, transparency and independent scrutiny of mistakes that were made.”