Kent child sex offences system rolled out to Europe

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Image caption Details of suspects found with indecent images of children are put into the system

A computer system developed by Kent Police to tackle sex offences against children is being rolled out in Europe.

The Kent Internet Risk Assessment Tool (Kirat) is used for assessing suspects found in possession of indecent images of children.

The European Union has provided funding of £1.1m to help the force roll out the system in Estonia, Spain and Rotterdam.

Chief Constable Ian Learmonth, from Kent Police, said: "Kent is leading the way in this area."

Kirat was the idea of Det Ch Insp Matthew Long, who heads Kent Police's child exploitation team, and developed in conjunction with the University of Liverpool.

After a trial between 2009 and 2012, it was rolled out to 38 other UK police forces.

The system enables police forces to target known offenders or suspects by pooling information about them and their activities.

Mr Learmonth said: "We have to harness innovation and technology to ensure we stay one step ahead of criminals and keep the public safe from this sort of appalling crime.

"This is a crucial piece of work that will enhance our tracking of people who possess or share indecent images of children on the internet."

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