A growing problem – but not all negative

74.6 per cent of the police officers surveyed reported that their work load has become more demanding in the last year. Only 1.1 per cent said that it has become less demanding.

  More demanding 74,6 %
  Unchanged 24,3 %
  Less demanding 1,1 %

The reasons for the increasing workload, according to the police officers, is primarily that the number of cases is increasing while each case contains more material from more devices. Technological developments, such as encryption, also hinders investigations and require greater resources and time investment.

However, an increasing workload is not to be seen as entirely negative. Many police officers think that the reason for an increasing number of cases, is increasing awareness in society. More people are reporting incidents of child sexual abuse and these crimes are being more prioritised. In addition, advanced technology, more training, improved collaboration and increasing resources are contributing to the fact that police can identify more cases and have the capacity to investigate them.

Reasons for work becoming more demanding

1. More cases 24,5 %
2. More data and more devices 21,9 %
3. Challenges following development in technology 13,3 %
4. Lack of resources 7,7 %
5. CSA an increasing problem in society 6 %
6. Better work processes and increased capacity* 12,9 %
7. Increased awareness and more people reporting 12,4 %
8. Crime type more prioritized by law enforcement 9 %

As a result of better tools, more training, more and better collaboration, increasing resources.

Even though 75 per cent of police officers said that their workload is increasing, this is still a positive trend compared to last year. In the 2015 NetClean Report, 97 per cent of police officers stated that their work load had become more demanding. Overall, it is possible to be cautiously optimistic.

Police officers are better equipped to handle child sexual abuse investigations

Among the police officers surveyed, 91.8 per cent said that they feel better prepared to handle child sexual abuse investigations this year, compared to the previous year. The primary reason is better tools, but also Project VIC, more training and better resources are highlighted as reasons for an improving situation.

Reasons why police officers feel better prepared to deal with child sexual abuse crime
(multiple-choice question)

1. Better tools 81,8 %
2. Project VIC 49,4 %
3. More training 46,2 %
4. More resources 42 %
5. CSA investigations becoming more prioritized 23,9 %
6. Increased awareness in society 22,9 %

Comments about the result:

Are we getting better at combating child sexual abuse material?
Verónica Donoso, Executive Director, Inhope.

Are police experiencing an increasingly demanding work load because the volume of child sexual abuse material is…

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Project VIC – changing the nature of investigations.
Richard W Brown, Projektkoordinator, Project VIC.

I am delighted to see that Project VIC is mentioned as one of the main reasons that investigators feel better…

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A growing problem – but not all negative
A growing problem – but not all negative

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Investigations with terabytes of data and millions of images
Investigations with terabytes of data and millions of images

The investigations and cases that law enforcement is dealing with continues to increase.

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The victims are primarily from Europe and North America
The victims are primarily from Europe and North America

There is a common misconception that the children in child sexual abuse material are primarily from Asia.

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File sharing is the most common method of distributing child sexual abuse material
File sharing is the most common method of distributing child sexual abuse material

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Social media is used to share child sexual abuse material
Social media is used to share child sexual abuse material

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500,000 searches for websites showcasing child sexual abuse material every month
500,000 searches for websites showcasing child sexual abuse material every month

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Child sexual abuse material is found on work computers in both the private and public sector

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Increased awareness of female offenders

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Increased focus on identifying and saving children

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