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.
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
* 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
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