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We want to protect children in the West Midlands and keep them safe.

People in the region are targeting children here they want to sexually exploit online. They want to do this by looking at, sharing and downloading child pornography.

Looking at and sharing indecent images of anyone under 18 is a crime. We run a dedicated police operation called Operation Safenet to stop this form of crime.

Under Operation Safenet a team of specialised officers work together to identify, find and arrest offenders. We also help and support victims.

You can find out more about our ongoing work and follow our cases here

Are you worried someone you know is looking at indecent images of children?

Call us on

101

Or

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Crimestoppers are an independent crime-fighting charity. They only take details of what you know, not who you are.

Number of Warrants executed

139

Since June 2016

Number of Children safeguarded

105

Since June 2016

Number of Prisoners

118

Since June 2016

Who we are

We are a team of police officers who target people using the internet to share and look at indecent images of children.

We do this by targeting:

  • People who look at, share and download indecent images of children.
  • People who groom children in order to make these indecent images.

We visit the homes of people we suspect of these offences to arrest them. Using our digital forensics team we look for evidence that we can then use to charge offenders.

What we do

What we do

We keep children safe by stopping people sexually exploiting them on the internet.

Child sexual exploitation causes physical, sexual, emotional and psychological harm.

We work to safeguard children who have been or are in danger of being sexually exploited online by pedophiles. When we find them we do everything we can to protect them. This can involve getting help from other agencies.

We also look for evidence that people have been keeping and distributing child pornography. We look at all the types of abuse committed and arrest and prosecute the offenders.

During the investigation we collect as much evidence as possible to help bring cases to court where they can be dealt with appropriately.

We continue to work with offenders and victims to stop further crime happening.

Report and help

  • Are you worried about what you are looking at online?
  • Are you worried about what another adult is doing?
  • Are you worried a child needs help?

Then contact the Lucy Faithfull Foundation Stop it Now project! for confidential advice.

Or call the Stop it Now! Freephone Helpline: 0808 1000 900 - available 9am - 9pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9am - 5pm Fridays

If you are worried about someone 18 or under :

You can also contact the NSPCC

Or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000

Or Call ChildLine on 0800 1111

Or Click Here to report it online

For more advice about keeping children safe, click here

Case studies and ongoing work

These are some of the cases and investigations the Operation Safenet team have worked on. They demonstrate how we tackle online child abuse.

  • A 46 year old Birmingham man thought he could outwit police by looking at child pornography on his Mum´s laptop. Little did he know his niece was watching and she reported him to the Police.

    In January 2016 he was handed a 6 year prison sentence at Birmingham Crown Court and was made to join the Sex Offender Register for life.

  • In December 2015 a 54 year old man was sentenced to five years in prison after being caught viewing child pornography on his laptop in Starbucks. He was registered as a sex offender for life.

  • In December 2015 a 27 year old Birmingham man was handed a three year prison term for uploading extreme pornographic images and videos to his Facebook account. He was also registered as a sex offender for life.

  • In December 2015 a 42 year old man was handed a six months suspended sentence at Wolverhampton Crown Court for accessing indecent images of children on the internet. He was required to register as a sex offender and to attend the Internet Sex Offender Treatment programme.

    His 18 month supervision order gave him a chance to change his ways or face imprisonment.

  • A 34 year old man was sentenced to three years imprisonment after being exposed for creating at least six images of child pornography. Not only did he possess indecent images of children, he passed them on to fellow paedophiles.

  • In June 2015 a 30 year old Birmingham man, who groomed children in order to take part in indecent images he then distributed on the internet was put behind bars for three years. He also found himself registered as a sex offender for life.

  • A Coventry car thief caught stealing a car in Derbyshire got an even bigger shock when officers searched through his phone in custody and found his stash of online images of indecent children.

    He was sentenced in May 2015 to a year in prison, not only for possessing indecent images of children, but also for helping to make them.

  • A Coventry football coach who led a sordid double life as a sex tourist in Egypt was hailed for four and a half years after police brought his paedophile lifestyle to an end.

    The respected coach had filmed himself abusing two young boys and even framed a ‘deeply sick’ photograph of himself with a young boy for his bedroom wall.

    He confessed he had a fetish for young male bodies wrestling. He was charged with taking, making and downloading indecent images of children.

    The coach had visited Egypt may times, where he had sex with young boys for money. Some were as young as nine.

  • An illegal immigrant who filmed children he was babysitting using secret cameras was jailed for three and a half years.

    The West Indies man recorded two young children showering using secret spy cameras he installed while looking after them. He then distributed the images and videos he made.

    Officers found thousands of indecent images of children on his computer and nearly 1000 videos. His defence of ‘sheer stupidity’ did nothing to save him from a jail term, after which he will be deported.