MPS - Online child sex abuse

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

How has the Metropolitan Police responded to increasing rates of online child sex abuse? How many police officers and police staff are dealing with these offences and where are they based?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS and I recognise the threat and harm Online Child Sexual Abuse can cause. In total, the MPS has 200 police officers and staff that are dedicated to Online Child Sexual Abuse investigations. The MPS has a centralised specialist team of 90 staff, and in January this year has created dedicated teams of nine officers in each of the 12 BCUs. These teams receive specialist training, and all have the necessary digital technology to support their investigations.