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LINX Welcomes Police Report
By: MarkJ - 04 March, 2005 (8:53 AM)

LINX has welcomed a new report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. It criticises how police are sometimes so busy dealing with Internet child pornography that they have insufficient resources to pursue child abuse enquiries:

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) warned last year that more adequately trained staff and financial resources - rather than new laws and police powers - are essential to success in combating on-line crime.

Following publication of the report from the Inspectorate of Constabulary, LINX regulation officer Malcolm Hutty said: "The report highlights the need for the police to have the training and the technology needed to deal with high-tech crime.

"Politicians need to recognise that simply enacting new laws is not sufficient to combat new types of criminal behaviour. What is needed is more highly-trained police officers and more specialist supporting resources to enforce existing legislation.

"LINX hopes that this will be reflected in the Home Office review of E-crime strategy which is now overdue for publication.

LINX - the world's largest volume Internet exchange - has for many years provided government departments and law enforcement agencies in the UK and overseas with expert advice on a wide range of Internet-related legislation and other issues. Earlier this year it received a special award from the Internet Watch Foundation in recognition of its efforts to eradicate child abuse images from the UK Internet.

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