About #IIOC17

#IIOC17 was an event hosted specifically for both practitioners and researchers who were interested in tackling IIOC offending.

Jointly hosted by Norfolk Constabulary and the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) at Anglia Ruskin University, this ground-breaking conference brought together leading figures from government, police, third sector, academia and industry to discuss new approaches to the investigation and prevention of IIOC offending.

“Every month law enforcement agencies across the UK are arresting unprecedented numbers of offenders for viewing indecent images of children. This places unsustainable pressures on all those involved in the criminal justice system.”

“The time has come to start a meaningful conversation about how the threat of IIOC can be addressed by alternative means. #IIOC17 is the catalyst to start the debate.”

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, NPCC lead for Violence and Public Protection

"The Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) are pleased to be asked by Chief Constable Simon Bailey to organise and co-host this important conference.

"Given the volume of cases and developments in encryption, the challenges of investigating and prosecuting IIOC offences are profound. So too are the risks of not taking firm action, particularly when it involves harm of the most vulnerable of victims. Together, these factors put a premium on understanding and preventing the offence through the widest possible means.

"This conference explores these issues with the objective of identifying where further research and knowledge sharing is needed to inform both policy and effective responses from the police, prosecutors, social media companies and internet service providers – and perhaps society as a whole."

Nicholas Alston CBE, DL, MA
Chair, Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Samantha Lundrigan, Director of PIER