Building collaboration across law enforcement
Law enforcement agencies within the UK work in close collaboration, nationally and locally, to support the goals of the Government modern slavery strategy. Key partners include Border Force, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Work and Pensions, Immigration Enforcement, the National Crime Agency and the National Police Chiefs Council.
The co-ordination frameworks established by the National Crime Agency identify and direct law enforcement, including the police, towards to the areas where they can have the greatest impact.
Through the Modern Slavery Transformation programme and now the MSOIC Unit, the embedding and co-location of resources across agencies and within policing has helped to build understanding between teams, identify best practice and streamline processes. Improved intelligence oversight and analysis of risks, active threats and live investigations is in turn also helping to improve effectiveness in the marshalling of our resources.
Meanwhile, increasing co-ordination with the Crown Prosecutions Service at a national, regional and local level is also helping to improve understanding of the forms of evidence needed to prosecute cases under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. There is also a corresponding increase in the early involvement of the CPS in the detailed planning frequently needed for modern slavery investigations.
On joint operational days of action it is now increasingly common place to see multi-agency teams led by police, or with police working in support of NCA or GLAA colleagues, setting out to safeguard potential victims and target offenders.