17 November, 2006

Child non-protection forces

If it were not so serious it would be laughable. The Home Office and the police have lost some more dangerous individuals. This time it is not terrorists but paedophiles. A number of dangerous child sex offenders have gone missing and, as the Daily Telegraph reports, the authorities would like to find them, again. To this end, the CEOP has posted, on its website, pictures of the most dangerous missing individuals.

Part 2 of the The Sexual Offences Act, 2003 requires convicted paedophiles to notify the authorities of their whereabouts so that the police can keep track of them and thus protect children. In addition, the Home Office has established established a quango, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to assist in defending children from sexual abuse, especially through the internet.

Police supervision could indeed restrict the sex offenders' opportunities to access children, so many offenders get round the problem simply by not notifying the police of their whereabouts. The police do not seem unduly concerned and only get worked up when the people threaten to sort out the problem themselves. Pc Plod then immediately springs in action and defends the paedos with threats that vigilantes will not be tolerated, a sentiment echoed by the COEP. If the police did their job properly, they would not have to worry about vigilantes.

Here is a revolutionary idea for child protection. Get Plod out of the police stations and onto the streets. If regular beat bobbies were on patrol, they would know the local pervs and be able to keep a sharp eye on them. That might help keep children safe.

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