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 that North Yorkshire Police did not act upon the intelligence until the week commencing September 29 2014.
The investigation found that 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 learning for the force to that would stop individual errors resulting in intelligence not being progressed.
North Yorkshire Police accepted and has now implemented all of the recommendations.
IPCC Commissioner Kathryn Stone OBE said: “North Yorkshire Police have acted promptly to put in place new ways of working following our investigation.”
North Yorkshire Police deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick, said: “North Yorkshire Police takes its safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously and 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. We fully accept the IPCC’s recommendations, and in particular, by way of reassurance, draw the public’s attention to the comment made by IPCC Commissioner Kathryn Stone OBE when she said that we have acted promptly to put in place new ways of working following the investigation.”