Police Force using new software app to monitor sex offenders’ online behaviour 

  • Nottinghamshire Police is using a new software app to monitor the online activity of sex offenders 
  • Officers from the force’s MOSOVO (Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders) team are installing the app on offenders’ computers, phones and tablets to alert them to any “prohibited behaviour” 
  • The new app, funded by a Home Office grant, monitors words, images and behaviours that would constitute a breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) – for example, sexualised chat on an internet forum or the consumption of pornography
  • Nottinghamshire Police said case officers, who started installing the software at the end of January, are notified of prohibited behaviour and can then respond accordingly – potentially bringing a new charge if the breaches are serious enough 
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                New Child Criminal Exploitation Campaign launches in West Yorkshire  

                • West Yorkshire Police and partners have launched a new campaign to educate parents about the signs of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and to encourage people to come forward
                • CCE involves several types of crimes which can include drugs, County Lines, the carrying of weapons, money mulling and serious acquisitive crime
                • Stats from November 2020 showed there were a total of 436 victims of CCE recorded in West Yorkshire 
                • Most of these victims were male and aged between 13 and 18 years old
                • Director of the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, Chief Superintendent Jackie Marsh said “this campaign will not only help to raise awareness of the signs, but also underline our collective responsibilities in preventing it” 
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                • To learn more about Child Criminal Exploitation, read our recent article here 
                • To book your place on our upcoming training: ‘An Introduction to County Lines’, select here 

                  Covid-19: Quarantine hotels ‘unsafe’ for returning pupils 

                        • Parents and teachers have called for international pupils to be allowed to self-isolate at their school, rather than in a “quarantine hotel” 
                        • In a letter to the government on behalf of 500 schools, the Boarding Schools Association said hotel accommodation was unsafe for pupils 
                        • James Davidson said the thought of his daughter quarantining on her return to school from Abu Dhabi made him anxious 
                        • The government said parents should accompany children during the quarantine 
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                            Fortnite: From piano player to pro gamer – aged just eight 

                            • Joseph Dean, aged 8 has become the youngest-ever paid Fortnite player, after signing with Team 33 in December last year 
                            • The Californian esports team invited him to their headquarters to give him a $33,000 (£23,600) signing-on bonus, and high-speed computer system for his 8th birthday 
                            • Fortnite is a first-person-style shooting and building game played online by hundreds of millions of gamers around the world 
                            • “I felt amazing when I got offered the contract,” Joseph told the BBC. “I’ve thought about being a professional gamer a lot, but no-one took me seriously until Team 33 came along 
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