Joint Slavery and Trafficking and Analysis Centre (JSTAC)
JSTAC provides a single, authoritative picture of the threat posed to the UK and its interests overseas by modern slavery and human trafficking. Hosted by the National Crime Agency, JSTAC team members work together to consolidate multi-agency MSHT intelligence input from the NCA, GLAA, Border Force, HMIC, Immigration Enforcement and the MS Police Transformation Insight teams.
The team within JSTAC provide law enforcement leaders and policy makers with on-going analysis of MSHT threats, emerging trends and regional risk analysis. Products from the team are used to deepen our understanding of MSHT business models and to target opportunities for threat and risk reduction.
The MS Police Transformation programme has continuing presence in Europol which is designed to improve the flow of intelligence to and from UK policing. The activity supports joint international investigations that relate to modern slavery operation in the UK, and assists UK forces in accessing related intelligence sharing across the 40 other countries that are part of Europol.
Regional Co-ordination and Analysis
A network of ten regional coordinators and strategic analysts are embedded within the Regional and Organised Crime Units (ROCU) in England and Wales. The network is helping Forces to strengthen their local analysis and responses to modern slavery by highlighting areas where greater focus may be needed and in promoting good practice.
The teams play a vital role in identifying regional risk and threat levels, in benchmarking Forces against the national policing action plan for modern slavery and in supporting the development of force-level intelligence development and analysis. The co-ordinators and analysts also each play a lead role in the development of national analysis products and partnership initiatives.
National Insight team
The National Insight Team works with all 43 police forces in England and Wales, with Police Scotland and with PSNI to collate information about live modern slavery policing operations across the UK. Partners, including the GLAA, HMRC, IE, DWP and Border Force also contribute to the monthly report which is then made available across UK law enforcement and government.
The team uses the entire data set for analysis to identify trends and changes in modern slavery crime types in the UK, and to get a clearer picture of the background of victims and offenders. Further analysis is also conducted which is used to provide specific intelligence support to police forces and partners. Good practice within the intelligence community is also identified and shared across the intel community.
Operational debrief and “What Works” team
The What Works team is identifying best practice and the lesson learned in the way police forces and law enforcement agencies have tackled MSHT investigations. This knowledge is subsequently captured and shared across law enforcement nationally in the form of operational debriefs, guidance notices and investigation guides. These materials provide investigators with easily accessible and practical support, offering a valuable reference tool on how to respond to real world MSHT investigations.
Training development and delivery team
The delivery of improved training and professional development materials relating modern slavery is amongst the core products of the Modern Slavery Police Transformation programme. Training content focuses on the skills needed to effectively tackle modern slavery at every level in policing; from frontline, to response and duty investigator and on to specialist and lead investigator. In addition, modern slavery CPD has been designed for intelligence staff. Two formal courses developed by the programme have been accredited by the College of Policing and are available to force learning and development teams via the CoP’s on-line NCALT system. A third accredited course will soon also become available.
NRM – Policing co-ordination and delivery team
The NRM team is currently working with the Home Office and partners on specific NRM reforms, including the establishment of a Single Competent Authority and development of the new digital NRM system. This will be a phased implementation affecting forces at different stages. The role of the NRM team has been to contribute to the development of the new NRM model and processes and will in turn be to support its’ implementation across police forces in England and Wales. The team also continues to support the flow of NRM related information in connection with the existing system.
Recently the NRM team has also been contributing to new initiatives connected with the recording of crime and related incidents in connection to modern slavery offences.
International co-ordination team
A key focus of the international co-ordination team is inlooking at how UK policing can support policing partners overseas with local prevention and capability-building to help stem the flow of modern slavery related crime into the UK. Several initiatives are being developed with pilot projects focusing on specific countries, including Romania and Vietnam. Work is also underway co-ordinating with NGOs on the debriefing of victims who are non-UK nationals.
National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network (NATMSN)
Police and Crime Commissioners play a critical role in influencing the police response and in brokering prevention focussed partnerships that can help to eradicate modern slavery and related exploitation. The NATMSN brings together PCCs from across the country to share knowledge and best practice in how PCCs can influence the way police and partnership responses to modern slavery develop locally. The MS Police Transformation Programme provides funding to support the co-ordination effort provided by NATMSN and to help PCCs reach out to local community, business and faith groups in raising awareness of modern slavery.