Rapid Identification of Indecent Images
Rapid Identification of Indecent Images of Children (IIOC) and Victim Identification in Digital Investigations
Stalking in Kirklees
Ten Years On: Stalking in Kirklees, Policing and Support for Victims
Dr Simon Parkinson is leading the project ‘Rapid Identification of Indecent Images of Children and Victim Identification in Digital Investigations’.
Other members of SSI involved in the project are; Dr Nadia Wager (HHS), Professor Rachel Armitage (HHS), Professor Jason Roach (HHS); Staff from the Centre for Cyber Security; Dr Saad Khan (SCE) and Dr Abdul Jabbar (HBS) are also part of the research team. This project is supported by the University of Huddersfield and Kursch Consult Ltd.
A Research Fellow is being appointed to work on the project.
Other organisations who will be supporting the project include; West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and West Midlands police forces; technology companies providing current technology solutions (Kursch); the third sector Nation Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children; and Young People and National Crime Agency.
The project commenced in January 2022 and will be completed by January 2024.
In the UK and globally, police forces and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are facing huge demand to view, process and analyse digital evidence. The continuous increase of computer, mobile and internet device use has created a massive growth in digital policing requirements. Arrests for Indecent Images of Children (IIOC) have risen by a factor of 25 over the previous decade, resulting in the demand to investigate 850 per month in 2020/21. Yet investigative processes and resources have largely not changed. The pervasive use of computer-based technology means every individual has a digital footprint which, whether as offender or victim, is pertinent to almost all investigations. Investigators can be presented with massive amounts of data per case (can be over 60 terra bites).
This project will develop knowledge and resources to reduce time taken by police investigators to identify victims. It will also support investigator welfare.
Some of the key objectives of the project are:
This project demonstrates SSI’s emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and our objectives of supporting real world research which will have positive societal impacts.
Dr Rosie Campbell OBE, Senior Research Fellow, Secure Societies Institute, is the Principal Investigator on the project “Ten Years On: Stalking in Kirklees policing and support for victims”, She will be working with Co-investigator Professor Jason Roach, with input from Dr Kate Wood. Also Megan Bennett, Evaluations and Research officer from West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit will be seconded on a part time basis to work on the project. The project will be informed by the lived experiences of stalking survivors and victims and a range of consultation and inclusion activities are designed into the project.
The project was developed with a range of partners who will continue to be involved throughout the project, these are West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (West Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority), Safer Kirklees and Pennine Domestic Abuse Partnership.
The research is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s as part of their program ‘Partner with the police to tackle violence against women’.
The project commenced in early September 2022 and will be completed by the end of September 2023.
Specific stalking offences were introduced into law in England and Wales over ten years ago in 2012, there has been a large increase in reports of stalking across West Yorkshire in the last two years, including in the Kirklees district, but convictions for stalking offences are low. There is no recent research on stalking in West Yorkshire nor has there been any specialist support provision for victims. The project will bring the issue of stalking from the margins to the centre in policy and practice addressing violence against women and girls in Kirklees.
This project is an action research project focused on the Kirklees district which will strengthen multi-agency partnership work on stalking. We want to bring stalking from margins to centre in VAWG policy and practice in West Yorkshire, to help improve, policing approaches to stalking and enhance support for survivors/victims.
Other key objectives of the project are to:
The project will establish a clearer picture of stalking in Kirklees including how West Yorkshire Police are currently policing stalking and gaps in support for survivors, so they can get the protection and support they need, as early as possible to ensure their safety and reduce trauma.
Practice and academic learning from the project will be shared across West Yorkshire and beyond.
To get more information about the project and to get updates please visit the project's dedicated webpage.