Paedophiles should have to pass a lie detector test to prove they are safe to leave prison, former police chief says
- Jim Gamble QPM said child sex offenders should not be automatically released
- He added polygraphs should be ‘standard operating procedure’ for paedophiles
- 131 online sex abuse suspects were arrested in a week in September 2018
A former child protection police chief has said paedophiles should have to pass a lie detector test before being released from prison.
Jim Gamble QPM, former head of Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP), said sex offenders should only be released after proving they are no longer a threat to children.
Paedophiles have to take government lie detector tests every six months after serving a jail term, but the former police chief said this should become ‘standard operating procedure’ before offenders are allowed to leave prison.
Jim Gamble, pictured, is the former head of Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP)
‘Every person involved in sexual offence should be subject to a polygraph,’ Mr Gamble said in an interview with The Telegraph.
‘There should be no automatic release.’
Mr Gamble became head of CEOP when it was created in 2006.
He resigned in 2010 after Theresa May, then home secretary, decided to merge the child protection organisation into the National Crime Agency.
He is now chief executive of iNEQE, an online safeguarding company operating in the UK and Ireland.
Polygraph machines monitor heart rate, brain activity, sweating and blood pressure during questioning from inquisitors.
492 convicted sex offenders were forced to take lie detectors tests in England and Wales in 2014.
The paedophiles, who had been convicted of serious sex offences including rape and child abuse, had been released before the end of their sentence on licence.
Last month, the Home Office said it considered alternatives to jail for sex offenders, such as civil penalties.
In September 2018, the National Police Chiefs Council said 131 suspects, including a former police officer and five teachers, were arrested in relation to child sex abuse offences.
The National Police Chiefs Council said 131 suspects were arrested in a week in September 2018 in connection to child sex offences
Director Rob Jones, NCA’s lead for tackling child sexual abuse, said: ‘We are seeing an increase in the number of sophisticated offenders using the dark web to groom and harm children on the mainstream internet.
‘Law enforcement prioritises these investigations to safeguard vulnerable children and prosecute offenders.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, said: ‘The police response to tackling child abuse online has been robust but there is a growing need to pursue offenders who pose the most harm to children and are using sophisticated technology to evade detection.
‘Technology plays a significant part in all online investigations and there is an expectation that technology companies acknowledge their social responsibility in preventing and designing out this type of offending from their platforms.