McCanns join CEOP quango row
Home Office stands firm
Theresa May is sticking to her plan to merge the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) into a larger law enforcement agency, despite further protests from Kate and Gerry McCann.
The couple's intervention follows the resignation of CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble, who quit after the Home Secetary made it clear she would not grant his organisation the independent quango status proposed by the previous government.
The McCanns, who have worked closely with Gamble on appeals for information about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, said: "Knowing how committed Mr Gamble is to this cause, it is extremely saddening that he feels unable to continue to lead CEOP, apparently as a consequence of the proposed governmental changes.
"The search for our daughter Madeleine has been greatly enhanced by the work carried out by the team at CEOP."
The Home Office has insisted its plans will build upon and not undermine CEOP's work. Internet firms told The Register yesterday they believe the proposed closer ties to the fight against organised crime could be a good thing for child protection online.
Since its foundation in 2006, CEOP has been under the supervision of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency. The coalition government plans to roll both organisations into a new National Crime Agency, which will also include a border police force.
CEOP said yesterday afternoon that three more of its senior officials are poised to resign over the row, but declined to name them, according to The Guardian. ®
If CEOP really cared about the welfare of children....
..they'd be recommending that the McCanns have their other children taken into care. What kind of parents leave kids in a hotel room in a foreign country to go for a few vinos down at the pool bar?
The McCanns should keep their oars out. Better, in their position, to be thought to be stupid than to speak and remove all doubt.
CEOP not qualified to run their own affairs
The mere fact that CEOP are choosing to manage whats effectively a re-org among public service bodies via Press releases in the Public domain pretty much says everything you need to know.
CEOP should not become the mouthpiece for any one of their Management team - frankly thats Gambles attention-whore-ism spreading endemically throughout their Org.
They need to be stamped on hard and reminded that they implement policies based on Stragegic direction from our elected representatives via Government.
I think others here have said enough about the McCanns
I'll just add my $0.02 to point out that perhaps the very best thing that could happen to CEOP is losing Jim Gamble. That news is like hearing that all Daily Mail readers have had their right to vote revoked, as they are clearly not responsible adults.