Michael Hames. Police pioneer against child abuse

063 Michael Hames. Police pioneer against child abuse

Dec 1, 2015 by
063 Michael Hames.  Police pioneer against child abuse

My guest is Michael Hames who I’ve known for 20 years and whom I
worked with on several initiatives and investigations starting when he
was at Scotland Yard.

He was born in Colchester, Essex and after education at the
Colchester Royal Grammar School, joined the Metropolitan Police in
1962.  He served for 32 years  and held a variety of management
positions at senior rank from 1970.  During much of this time, he
specialised in the detection of sex offenders.

For the last 5 years of his service, he was the Detective
Superintendent in charge of the Obscene Publications Branch at New
Scotland Yard. During his time there, he re-focussed the work to
encompass the proactive detection of paedophile offenders and it has
subsequently been renamed the Paedophilia Unit of the Organised Crime
Group.  He developed and refined, the use of the first National Index of
convicted and suspected paedophiles until the formation of the National
Criminal Intelligence Service in 1993, when the Index was transferred
to the Home Office Unit.

He supervised the operational unit which achieved outstanding success
and world wide acknowledgment of its pioneering work to combat

He was the U.K. Interpol representative  on the Standing Working
Group on Offences Against Children.  He chaired the sub-committee on law
Enforcement methods and was the leading police advocate of legislation
to ban possession of child pornography throughout the member States, as
well as extra-territorial legislation to deal with child abusers who
travel and commit offences outside their jurisdiction.  He has regular
contact with non governmental agencies such as E.C.P.A.T. (End Child
Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of children for
sexual purposes), The National Centre for Missing and Exploited
Children, in the U.S., as well as law enforcement agencies throughout
the world.

He was also  a member of the Sexual Offences Steering Committee at
Scotland Yard.  He has carried out research into Organised and Ritual
Abuse of Children and is an acknowledged authority on the subject of
Child Sexual Abuse.  He has lectured widely at home and abroad and
published articles in the press and professional journals.  He
frequently appears on Television and Radio.

He is now an independent consultant, advising and training at the
request of  Local Authorities, Charities and Private Companies on a
variety of subjects including Child Protection, Staffing issues,
Strategic Management and Selection of Staff.  His speciality remains the
combating of Child Abuse in Organisations.

He holds a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies.  He holds the
British Psychological Society’s Level ‘B’ Certificate in psychometric

His autobiography, ‘The Dirty  Squad’ was published by Little Brown in April 2000.

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