Child Rescue Coalition Adds Seasoned Law Enforcement Veteran, Simon Bailey, as Director of Strategic Engagement

  • September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021 BOCA RATON, Fla.— CEO and Founder of Child Rescue Coalition, Carly Yoost announced Simon Bailey has joined the non-profit as Director of Strategic Engagement. This role was specially created to harness his many decades of service with the Norfolk Constabulary and his leading role for the United Kingdom’s national policing response to child protection and abuse investigations.

According to Yoost, he will provide invaluable insight and help to form new partnerships that will enhance the non-profit’s ability to protect children everywhere. In addition, Bailey will add his vast law enforcement knowledge and experience in child protection to the CRC board. 

“Simon Bailey has been a world-renowned leader in child protection and has played a critical strategic role in many thousands of arrests utilizing our technology,” said Yoost. “We are grateful that Simon has agreed to join the CRC team to grow and expand the use of CRC technology that we provide free to law enforcement all over the world.”

Bailey first became affiliated with Child Rescue Coalition when his team began using the Child Rescue Coalition’s technology in late 2013. CRC provides the most comprehensive view of where child predators around the world are downloading and sharing sexually explicit content of children online and gives law enforcement a powerful tool to target and apprehend predators who are most likely to sexually abuse children.

Simon Bailey joined the Norfolk Constabulary in 1986 and rose through the ranks to become the first police officer in UK history to serve in every rank in his own force when he was appointed the Chief Constable in 2013. He was responsible for turning the force into one of the best performing in the UK and led on several ground-breaking initiatives.

In addition to his responsibilities as chief constable in 2014 Simon was asked to lead the national policing response to child protection and abuse investigations. As the national lead he coordinated the UK policing’s response to non-recent investigations of child sexual abuse, the threat of online abuse and group-based offending. During his time in this post, the UK became the best in the world at targeting the threat of online abuse, because of Simon’s leadership and dedication tens of thousands of children were safeguarded, and thousands of offenders were arrested and continue to be pursued.

He subsequently used his knowledge and expertise of organized abuse and exploitation to secure Home Office funding to support two major projects. The tackling organized exploitation project and the vulnerability, knowledge and practice program are re-writing how the police service tackles exploitation and professionalizes its response to vulnerability.

Simon has a Cambridge University Master’s Degree in Criminology and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Bedfordshire University for his services to child protection.

In January 2016, he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for Distinguished Service. In July 2021 Simon was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in his home city of Norfolk.

More than 13,000 law enforcement officers in all 50 U.S. states and 97 countries have been trained to use CRC’s technology. CRC’s tools have helped law enforcement rescue more than 3,000 children from sexual exploitation and abuse and arrested more than 13,000 predators.