West Yorkshire Police have won a top award for work on a global operation to tackle online grooming.
Detective Sgt Steve Barnes and Det Con Joel Clayton received a Chief Executive’s Award at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) awards.
DS Barnes and DC Clayton began work on a police operation that started with one West Yorkshire victim who was blackmailed into taking part in sexual activity on a webcam over a six-month period.
The operation quickly identified a further 109 victims across the world that the police were able to protect from further harm, and resulted in the jailing of two men in Kuwait for 10 years.
Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee, said: “Tackling child sexual exploitation is one of the highest priorities for this force and I am delighted that this has been recognised.
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: “Tackling child sexual exploitation is one of the key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan and I think this award really reflects the level of regard and emphasis which is given to the issue in West Yorkshire.
“This achievement and recognition is testament to the commitment of the officers, staff and partners involved, which I have witnessed at first hand on my visits.
“It should serve as a strong indication to the public of the determination which exists to identify and apprehend those responsible for this terrible crime and I commend the dedication of all involved.”