Outgoing deputy chief constable Olivia Pinkney said the move was being explored given that the increased reporting of sex crimes was "showing no signs of slowing down".
She told the police and crime commissioner: "While this is not the role that every police officer wants to do, I know people out there who would only want to do this kind of work and are not interested in other areas of police work and they have all sorts of backgrounds that are entirely relevant to child abuse investigation. "So, draw exclusively from the murky pool of people who already have ‘an interest’ in the work?
I can’t see this all going horribly wrong at all, can you, reader?
"For example, somebody who has been involved in social work, in youth work, something like that from the medical profession, who might actually only want to do this type of work. We want to look at pathways for bringing them in to do that. "Oh, right. One might refer to them as ‘the usual suspects’, mightn’t one?
"This is a huge part of our responsibility and we take it really seriously."You show you take it seriously by…giving it to someone else?
And not just anyone else, but the very people who should be kept as far from it as possible?