Chief: Time to shine a light on hid­den crimes

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

CRIME Com­mis­sioner David Jamieson has voiced his con­cern that child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion fig­ures are not be­ing pub­lished reg­u­larly.

“I am dis­ap­pointed at the de­lay in pro­vid­ing this in­for­ma­tion as I want this im­por­tant data pub­lished,” he said.

“It was a key joint prom­ise that this would be pub­lished reg­u­larly, and the de­lay in re­cent pub­li­ca­tions is con­cern­ing.

“The data showed the will­ing­ness of the pub­lic sec­tor to con­front these is­sues head-on and shine a light on hid­den crimes.

“Child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion is an is­sue for the po­lice, but also for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties’ chil­dren’s ser­vices teams. I sin­cerely hope that the de­lay in pub­li­ca­tion does not re­late to cut­backs in those de­part­ments.

“The po­lice take the is­sue of child ex­ploita­tion very se­ri­ously, as shown by the re­cent con­vic­tion of Zakaria Mo­hammed and ac­tion taken to close down premises linked to the groom­ing of vul­ner­a­ble girls. How­ever, there clearly must be more done to tackle the is­sue of ex­ploita­tion in all its forms.

“I ex­pect the data to be pub­lished as soon as pos­si­ble as it is clearly in the pub­lic in­ter­est.

“We should not be afraid to talk about dif­fi­cult is­sues like this, how­ever un­com­fort­able they may be. I ex­pect a timetable to be set out as to when this data will be pub­lished on an on­go­ing ba­sis.”

Coun­cil chiefs say that the way they col­late and present CSE data is cur­rently un­der re­view, with de­ci­sions due in the next few months.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Drover, from West Mid­lands Po­lice’s Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Unit, said: “Any sug­ges­tion that West Mid­lands Po­lice is with­hold­ing in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion is, frankly, wrong and un­fair.

“The force has agreed with all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties that it will pub­lish statis­tics and in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to CSE on their be­half. How­ever, we are re­liant on that in­for­ma­tion be­ing passed over from coun­cils – and it has been more than a year since that last hap­pened.”

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