National team to stop child exploitation

QUEENSLAND police will join a national and international network designed to crack online child porn rings.

The Queensland and Australian Federal Police on Wednesday morning signed an agreement formalising sharing of intelligence and co-operation between the agencies.

There are currently nine AFP officers based at the QPS headquarters in Brisbane, helping police trawl through material posted online.

Queensland is the latest state to join the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team, which taps the AFP's international connections to help stop child sex crimes.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan CORRECT said the JACET partnerships allowed for an "accelerated response" to crimes.

AFP commander Glen McEwan CORRECT said co-operation between state and federal police was vital to stopping online child exploitation syndicates.

"We all recognise it takes a network to break a network," he said.

"The connectivity that we have globally these days requires an international, national and local response. Not one agency can do this alone."

Queensland Police Minister Bill Byrne CORRECT said the agreement formalised existing co-operation between the AFP and QPS.

Commander McEwan said constantly investigating child exploitation material could affect the well-being of officers.

"The abhorrent nature of what is being viewed does take a toll on our officers," he said.

"The nature of the material being viewed is extremely challenging." - ARM NEWSDESK



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