Lancashire Constabulary has been recognised as one of the UKs leading organisations in the fight against the sexual abuse of children after receiving a coveted award from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
CEOP - the UKs national law enforcement centre for tackling the sexual exploitation of children - used the opportunity to announce record results with 346 children safeguarded, 714 arrests, 166 high risk sex offender networks dismantled and over four million children and young people empowered through the Thinkuknow education programme since the organisation was launched in April 2006.
Partnership is the hallmark of CEOP's approach and four officers from Lancashire Constabulary were last night recognised for their role in going the extra distance in helping the organisation in its work.
DC Gary Bolton, DC Nick Brown, Detective Sergeant Claire Lancaster and DC Kelly Rosenthall all received the Outstanding Contribution to Online Investigation and Child Protection 2008/09 Award for their work on Operation Nestegg an investigation into the large scale distribution of indecent images on the internet.
The awards, which over the last three years have been presented to over twenty organisations and individuals, aim to recognise those who have gone the extra mile in tackling the sexual abuse of children.