Lancashire Police praised for child exploitation work
Police work to tackle child sexual exploitation in Lancashire has been praised in a national report.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) said Lancashire Constabulary's approach to the issue was an outstanding example.
It said the force had a proactive stance and an innovative approach to gathering intelligence on the issue.
Lancashire Police has worked closely within schools and with young people who are being exploited.
The force said its priority was to protect and safeguard children.
It has a number of specialist multi-agency teams in each area of the county, helping young people affected by the issue.
Lancashire Constabulary's head of public protection, Supt Ian Critchley, said: "I'm really pleased that we have been recognised in this report for the work that we do around child sexual exploitation.
"We are though not complacent and will continue to seek to develop our service to the public in this crucial area.
"We will continue to tackle this problem, with a priority being to protect and safeguard children from being exploited and abused.
"We will continue to target, warn and prosecute offenders to hit home the message that this type of behaviour is not just unacceptable, it is criminal, and we will pursue those people involved and bring them to justice."