Essex Police welcomes Home Secretary as figures show it is top force for tackling online child abuse

Home Secretary, Rt Hon James Cleverly MP visited Essex Police on Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of the national CSE Taskforce.

The taskforce was established in April 2023 to enhance the policing response to group-based child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse.

Its aim is to increase the confidence of victims and survivors, and the wider public, in the police approach to tackling CSE.

Last year, Essex’s Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) made more than 600 arrests or suspect interviews for these offences and secured 424 charges – the most of any force anywhere in the UK.

In the last 12 months the team also solved 92 percent of the 450 investigations they carried out.

Essex Police has the third highest conviction rate for sexual offences which make it to court, while last year it also safeguarded more than 2,500 children from sexual crimes.