Some six years ago BAE Systems recognised that our cyber security expertise could help the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) protect vulnerable children from exploitation. As such, we have been providing pro-bono support to CEOP since November 2008, acknowledging the cutting edge role the organisation is playing in tackling this crime. The CEOP approach is seen as best practice across the world.
We designed analytical tools for profiling suspects, reconstituting conversations and identifying risk factors which were used as part of ‘Operation RESCUE’, an international investigation led by CEOP, which in 2011 uncovered the world’s largest paedophile ring. Our work on Operation RESCUE helped to safeguard 60 children and supported the arrest of 121 offenders in the UK.
By working closely with CEOP’s officers, we came to understand the organisation and the challenges it faces in keeping up with developments in technology and offenders ability to exploit that technology for their own means. When this is combined with our expertise in advanced data analysis, which spans the intelligence, law enforcement and telecommunications space, we can provide valuable support to improve the speed in which CEOP can detect and investigate these horrendous crimes against children.
Our work helps CEOP:
- To save time on tasks that would normally take several weeks of continuous effort by CEOP’s investigators to complete but which can now be done in minutes. This enables CEOP’s investigators to focus their efforts on their front line child protection work
- To improve CEOP’s ability to identify individuals, trends and new leads, ensuring more offenders can be identified and arrested
- To help CEOP remain a national centre of excellence for safeguarding children from online child exploitation, enabling CEOP to disseminate best practice to local polices forces in the UK and international law enforcement agencies
Peter Davies, the Chief Executive of CEOP and the Association of Chief Police Officer’s Lead for Child Protection and Abuse Investigation