Officers will travel to the South Atlantic next month to join local police in trawling through child protection files.They have been called in by the Falklands government because of the complex nature of the operation that will review how allegations have been dealt with.Details have so far been kept “highly secret” but officials are looking to appoint investigation officers, disclosure officers and an investigation supervisor on six-month and one-year contracts.
“Such an operation is too big for the Royal Falkland Islands Police to deal with themselves so the government is seeking help from detectives from the mainland, especially those in the Met, who have experience of dealing with child abuse investigations.”
The Falkland Islands has a resident population of more than 3,000, with 25 full-time police officers based in one station at the capital Port Stanley.
However, more than 1,300 military personnel are stationed in key Army, Royal Navy and RAF bases on the islands.
Although largely crime-free, in 2012 the then Falklands police chief Barry Marsden told a visiting delegation from the Caribbean that paedophile allegations were a growing concern, adding: “A lot of the child abuse we are investigating are historic cases.”