Published On: Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 on 10:35 pm

West Yorkshire investigators to help fight child sexual exploitation

West Yorkshire Police CSE Team

A team of investigators have been appointed to focus on safeguarding and cases related to child sexual exploitation.

Backed by a £1.5 million investment over the next two years from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), 30 investigators with experience in policing or social care backgrounds are to be given specialist training at the Force’s Training and Development Centre in Wakefield.

Following their training, they will join dedicated district policing teams boosting capacity to deal with historical investigations.

The investment came from £3.5 million pledged by the PCC to West Yorkshire Police for increased capacity to deal with child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and cyber crime.

It was allocated earlier this year as part of the annual budget setting building on the safeguarding resources already in place.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said: “It is all around strengthening and building on the safeguarding response in West Yorkshire certainly with increased awareness because of the Savile Inquiry and Operation Yewtree and the increased reporting of sexually related offences as a result.

“I have been meeting regularly with safeguarding experts from across West Yorkshire and this also sends out a strong message around pursuing offenders of these shocking crimes that blight the lives of children in our communities.”

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