CHIEF constable David Crompton has welcomed a report into South Yorkshire Police’s “inadequate” handling of historical CSE, saying lessons have been learned.
Prof John Drew’s inquiry found the force had been under-resourced and regularly missed opportunities to tackle the problem.
But he said improvements had been made in recent years since child sex abuse was made a police priority.
Chief Con Crompton said: “We welcome Prof Drew’s report and I am pleased it recognises that a huge amount of effort has gone into ensuring that we deal with the mistakes of the past and learn the lessons.
“Since the Jay report, we’ve heavily focused our resources on this issue and charged 124 people with offences related to child sexual exploitation.
“We note the report's recommendations and accept that there is more to be done.”
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