Introduction from Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer:
The Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme went live earlier last year and the teams have been working hard to lay the foundations to improve our collective response to modern slavery. The focus of the past few months has been to develop a better understanding of what modern slavery looks like in the UK and to assess the current police response.
In developing the national picture, the Programme’s analytical teams assisted the Home Office in compiling A typology of modern slavery offences in the UK. The typology is the first attempt to identify the types of modern slavery offences that occur in our country. The Programme has also produced analytical reports that delve into more detail on specific topics which are available on the modern slavery community pages on POLKA.
Other work by the Programme provides a snapshot of how forces are performing in relation to modern slavery. This includes position summaries and intelligence assessments. The position summaries outline each force’s current response and include recommendations. Whereas the intelligence assessments help forces understand the nature of modern slavery in their area.
The work the Programme has already done means that we are in a good position to assist forces in implementing recommendations in the recent HMICFRS report into the police response to modern slavery. In addition, many of the gaps identified in the report we are already working to fill. We now have a solid foundation on which to build upon and have a much better understanding of the complexity of
We are in a stronger position than we were at the beginning of 2017, which is good news for policing but even better news for victims.