SurfControl Plays Key Role in Greater Manchester Police's Operation APPAL Tuesday 27 March 2001 PDF Print Specially-developed software used by GMP to track Internet users involved in distributing indecent images of children Software developed by SurfControl, the world leader in solutions for responsible Internet usage, has played a critical role in the success of a three-month investigation into paedophile Internet activity by the Obscene Publications Unit of Greater Manchester Police (GMP). The investigation, known as Operation Appal, culminated in the simultaneous execution of more than 40 warrants under the Protection of Children Act at 0700 hours this morning, Tuesday 27th March, across the UK. The operation has been led by GMP, with the arrest phase involving 25 forces in England, Scotland and Wales. SurfControl teamed up with the GMP's Obscene Publications Unit last year, to provide them with specific Internet filtering software to help the Unit's officers locate and track Internet users involved in possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Using the software produced by SurfControl, officers were able to more effectively direct resources during Operation Appal. Where previously, 60 man-hours of Internet checking were needed to produce 16 suspects, use of the software produced 60 suspects in 16 man-hours. This helped boost efficiency by a factor of ten. SurfControl's chief executive Steve Purdham said: "SurfControl is committed to enabling responsible Internet use in any environment which requires it, and a key part of this is helping to ensure children's safety on the web. We're very pleased to be working with Greater Manchester Police, and this is an excellent example of bringing together the different skill-sets of the Police and SurfControl to create a positive result for the community. "This joint project shows that the tools are available to help safeguard Internet users - whether at home or in the workplace -- against inappropriate or illegal material, and also against individuals with indecent or malicious intent." Issued on behalf of SurfControl, contact Belinda Sproston, 01260 296200 email@example.com Press contact: The Edge Partnership, 01625 511966 This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Context PR in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.