Scilly's new Sergeant wins national award
Scilly’s new Police Sergeant has received a national award for his work bringing a Devon paedophile to justice.
Sergeant Darren White was named 'Smarter Detective of the Year' at last week's Police Federation National Detectives Forum awards, which recognise the best of detective policing throughout England and Wales.
While a Detective Constable, Sergeant White had to examine more than a hundred hours of horrific abuse of 46 children in the Philippines to ensure paedophile Alain Charlwood-Collings was convicted.
Collings had paid women in Manila to abuse children between the ages of 2 and 15 via Skype while he recorded them at his home in Tiverton.
While scouring the footage, Sgt White managed to get screen grabs of each of the children, as well as the hands of the two women who carried out the abuse. Experts were later able to match images of the hands to suspects in the case.
Collings was sentenced to 18 years in prison after a trial at Exeter Crown Court, where the judge called his behaviour "some of the worst I have ever come across".
Sgt White flew to the Philippines in February this year, where he gave evidence to secure warrants which resulted in the arrest of three suspected traffickers and 13 victims being rescued. The three arrested were later sentenced to 75 years each and the investigation has led to the arrest of multiple individuals worldwide.
He said: “Looking beyond the offenders in this case what was most important for me was the rescuing of the 46 children all of whom now, I can confidently say, have been removed from what was an abusive and coercive environment."
Sgt White was also commended by a judge in 2016 for his work on the case if a paedophile from Bodmin.
He has headed the Isles of Scilly Police since June 2018.