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Research into effect of traumatic images on police officers launched on South Coast

A new project, which will try to better understand how police online child sex crime investigators are affected by their work, is going to be carried out by Portsmouth and Southampton Solent Universities.

It is one of five projects announced on Monday 17th June by the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST).

The project's are part of wider research aimed at addressing some of the security threats facing the UK.

CREST, which was commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council, is funded by the UK's security and intelligence agencies.

The Centre has been given just over £1 million to fund innovative proposals within this latest round of commissioning.

They say the successful projects were selected from more than 80 applications following a rigorous and independent review process.

Speaking about the announcement the Director of CREST, Professor Paul Taylor, said: "We were delighted with the breadth and quality of the applications to our call.

"The successful projects address problems and issues that pose a serious threat to the security of the UK and we are looking forward to helping understand and counter those threats through the work."

Dr Peter Lee from the University of Portsmouth is the Principal Investigator along with Co-Investigators Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, also from the university, and Dr Mark Doyle from Solent University, on the project.

Dr Lee said: "This research seeks to better understand how police online child sex crime investigators are affected by their work.

"We want to learn more about how to best support those individuals and also how our findings can help people in other fields who regularly view traumatic images."

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