Introduction from Superintendent Andrew Munday:
Five months into my role leading delivery from the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit, there’s a real belief that our work is now actively helping police, law enforcement partners and many other partner organisations to improve their collective response to modern slavery.
We have created momentum. We have delivered accredited training. Members of the team travel the length and breadth of the country sharing knowledge with colleagues. We have brought together police, partners and opinion leaders to discuss challenges and new solutions. We have assessed where there are gaps and how forces can improve their response. We have researched and identified policing best practice in addition to sharing the lessons learned, and we have informed the national debate with regular analysis of the threat and level of current policing activity connected to modern slavery.
But as important as what has been achieved is what are the next challenges, and specifically how we work to fully embed modern slavery within the everyday activity of police forces in England and Wales. Achieving success on this over the remainder of the programme is important. Our first annual report published in April 2018 talked of the progress we, and our partners had made. Our concluding report in April 2019 will, I hope, talk about how that progress has been translated into the positive difference we can make in favour of victims - and in the tougher conviction threat we can pose to offenders.
Important activities still to come include:
- The conclusion of our work supporting the reform of the National Referral Mechanism – making it faster and easier for policing colleagues and others to effect - and in providing earlier outcomes for victims.
- Finalising work with partners to streamline the investigation, case building and prosecution process. This will provide policing with a clear and consistent understanding of what is needed to support successful modern slavery prosecutions.
- Continuing our insight and analysis work to provide UK policing with information about the mind-set, behaviour and motivations of offenders, and to improve the support of victims.
- Publishing the findings and good practice identified through operational debriefs conducted with forces up and down the country. The debrief reports and associated investigation guides we continue to publish provide an invaluable reference tool to support investigators.
- Deliver several new items of new work from the Joint Slavery Trafficking and Analysis Centre (JSTAC), designed to improve understanding of the national and international picture of MSHT.
- Further development of initiatives with international policing partners to help stem the flow of modern slavery related crime into the UK.
- Continue to work with NPCC, APCC and Home Office colleagues to find sustainable ways to deliver local, regional and national responses to modern slavery.
My continued thanks go to everyone who has contributed their total professional efforts to this programme, and to the forces and partners who are now taking the steps needed to make combatting modern slavery a bigger part of their everyday work.
Click on the document link to see a copy of our Summer 2018 update