Child protection (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

In light of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services’ latest post-inspection report on the Metropolitan Police Service’s child protection practices, will you be investing, or lobbying for more investment, to increase digital forensics capacity?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The report recommended improvements in the quality and timeliness of investigations relating to the exploitation and abuse of children via the internet. In recognition of the growing threat to children and young people, MOPAC has signposted additional funding to enhance the risk-based approach, enabling the MPS to stop and prevent more predatory offenders and to protect London’s children and young people in a more effective way. Without this additional funding, the only way to achieve this effect would have been to take away resource from other important parts of local policing.