Arrests/Caution/Charges- Indecent Images (10043_16)

Request

1.Please could you provide the number of arrests/cautions/charges (separate statistic for each) for making/producing/distributing indecent images of children (under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978/home office crime code 86/2) where the offender(s) are under the age of 18 for the years 2010-2015, broken down per year.

2.Please could you provide the number of arrests/cautions/charges (separate statistic for each) for making/producing/distributing indecent images of children (under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978/home office crime code 86/2) where the offender(s) are between the ages of 18 and 24 for the years 2010-2015, broken down per year.

3. Please could you provide overall arrests/caution/charges (separate statistic for each) across the force as a whole for the years 2010-2015, broken down per year.

Response

Please find attached our response. For the Offences – Distribute Indecent Photo Of Child / Make Indecent Photograph Of Child / Possess Indecent Photo Child Distribution / Show Indecent Photograph Of Child / Take Indecent Photo Of Child.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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