There were more than 1,400 child homicide cases recorded in the Kingdom since 2013, the Child Protection Unit said yesterday.
Speaking at an international symposium being held in Phnom Penh from yesterday till Sunday, its executive director James McCabe yesterday said that police had solved 89 percent of the cases.
Mr McCabe noted that the unit had brought international experts from around the world to train national police and military police officers and prosecutors on handling child homicide investigations during the seven-day symposium.
“Experts on homicides, forensics and law enforcement have come from around the world to share their experience hold discussions on modern techniques to solve homicides,” he said.
Mr McCabe noted that the symposium is organised by CPU in partnership with the Interior Ministry, Justice Ministry, National Police, National Military Police, police from Australia’s Queensland state and its government, United Kingdom police and Britain’s Solent University.
He added that child homicide is a worldwide problem which authorities should pay special attention to.
Mr McCabe said that the main causes of child homicides were alcohol intoxication, drug abuse and domestic violence.
During yesterday’s workshop, deputy National Police chief Lieutenant General In Bora praised the CPU for its assistance in investigating several child homicides, including the recent murders-rape case in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district.
“CPU helps us a lot in relation to investigations into child homicides,” he said, noting that General Neth Savoeun, National Police Commissioner, also highly regarded CPU’s assistance in investigating crimes.
He noted that although national police officers receive training both at home and abroad, they still need to expand their expertise through workshops such as the ones being held during the symposium.
“I think that it’s very important for our national police officers to strengthen their ability to investigate child homicides,” Lt Gen Bora said. “We are grateful to CPU because it provides important assistance in investigating such cases, including child rape and murder.”
“Sometimes CPU officials know of such cases before the police and they always share the information with the authorities,” he added.
Lt Gen Bora noted that CPU signed an MoU with the Interior Ministry several years ago and provides regular training course for police officers.
Lt Gen Bora noted that during the first five months of the year, police have scored an 89 percent success rate in solving crimes against children in the Kingdom.
Lt Gen Bora also said that although crimes such as robbery and snatching had declined in the country, murder and rape cases were on the rise.
“We will continue to work hard to crack down on all crimes, especially crimes involving children,” he said.