West Yorkshire Police CAID duties / indecent images of children offender arrests statistics

Wesley Hall made this Freedom of Information request to West Yorkshire Police

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Dear West Yorkshire Police,

Please provide me with the amount of arrests made by West Yorkshire Police that resulted in physical items seized containing indecent images/video of children since December 2014. Also physical items seized that subsequently resulted in an arrest being made. Year on year until present date.

Have all of the children identified in these images/videos been located? Are they now safe? If not, how many remain missing or potentially subject to further abuse?

Please provide me with the number of people arrested in possession of seized devices that contained indecent images/video of children that were already registered with the police under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Please provide me with the number of these arrests that were subsequently charged with the offence(s) that they were originally arrested for. 

Please provide me with the subsequent number of repeat offenders of sexual offences that weren’t previously registered with the police under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. 

Please provide me with details of whether or not West Yorkshire Police then granted bail to the offender to live in their home address. Providing statistics year on year from December 2014 until present date. 

Please provide me with details if West Yorkshire Police then didn’t grant bail to the offender and they were remanded in custody. Providing statistics year on year from December 2014 until present date. 

Please provide me with any contracts with organisations/forensic evidence of attempts by West Yorkshire Police/NCA/CAID Partners to specifically analyse these seized devices to further determine whether or not the device has been used to communicate with other sex offenders, rather than facilitating physical destruction after copying/retrieving the indecent images/video of children. 

I understand that West Yorkshire Police act as the National Business Administrators (NBA) for CAID and provide day to day support for all police forces. Please can you provide me details of each police force that West Yorkshire Police has trained regarding CAID; when this training occurred; whether it was facilitated on site or remotely and how many police employees/contractors attended each training session.

I understand that in terms of CAID duties at West Yorkshire Police, there is 1 full-time specialist NBA, and 2 Digital Forensic Investigators who are under the Line Management of a Senior Digital Forensic Investigator, civilian staff, overseen by a Detective Chief Inspector. Do you know if this is the case for each and every police force using CAID? Do you advise this in your training?

I understand there is a rotation of male and female staff. Are they receiving ongoing mental health support for their CAID duties? If so, how many hours each week do individuals get allocated for professional support? Is there a set period of time that a West Yorkshire Police staff member/civilian contractor can work on CAID duties? What support mechanisms are offered to police staff/ civilian contractors after they cease to work on CAID duties? How many members of staff/civilian contractors have resigned whilst working on CAID duties? How many have made internal complaints whilst working on CAID duties?

Please confirm the total number of static & moving images held in each of the categories A, B, C for each year since the inception of CAID in December 2014. Please show this information in an .xls format year on year until present date 


Please provide a full breakdown of West Yorkshire police allocated resources, showing the amount of hours each West Yorkshire Police staff member/civilian contractor has spent working on CAID duties in the month of September 2019.

Please confirm the total number of static & moving images held on CAID that have been identified as set in a ritualistic / religious location where there’s been more than one abuser present.

Yours faithfully,

Wesley Hall

Freedom of Information, West Yorkshire Police


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