Humberside PCC analyst creates software to tackle CSE

Published: Thursday 31st December 2015 by KCFM

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Computer software created by an analyst working for the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner is leading the way in tackling child sexual exploitation.

The software merges information from police and partner organisations to identify people at risk of child sexual exploitation, possible perpetrators and hot spots – allowing them to track missing people quicker and prevent crimes from happening.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove explains how the software works.

He said: “The force and partner organisations get lots of information, it’s all held in different places. Names of children at risk, addresses of potential perpetrators, areas where child sexual exploitation is being undertaken.

“What he has done has developed a software tool which brings it all together and suddenly it’s like shining a light under that rock and you can see what’s happening.

“The system has been brought into operation and straight away it gave three addresses for police officers to go and knock on the doors. Not only did they find the missing child but they found another child who was at risk as well. So this is a really good example of how we need to work smarter.”

Mr Grove explains why police can find it difficult to tackle child sexual exploitation.

He added: “It’s a real challenge to find out what’s happening, because very often the victims of these sorts of crimes, children who are being targeted by paedophiles, don’t pick up the phone and ring the police on the whole. We have to protect them by actively looking at whats happening.”

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Published: Thursday 31st December 2015 by KCFM

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