Under the spotlight: How Sussex Police is tackling modern slavery


WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 15th November at 13:00

WHERE: Watch live or in the archive here

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny

In Essex last month, a tragic incident occurred which has rightly pushed human trafficking, people smuggling and modern slavery to the forefront of public consciousness.

In this month’s Performance & Accountability meeting, Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will be questioning senior officers on the challenges for Sussex Police in respect of such crimes and asking them to paint a clearer picture for residents on the severity of the issue in Sussex.

Since January, 320 potential victims of modern slavery have been reported locally, involving people originating from both the UK and overseas. At the end of 2018, 47 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) to ensure they receive the appropriate protection and support.

Last month, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner published her Strategic Plan for 2019/21 which identified four priorities for tackling modern slavery: improving victim care and support; supporting law enforcement and prosecutions; focusing on prevention and getting value from research and innovation.

At Friday’s meeting Mrs Bourne will seek assurances that the Force will be supporting these priority areas locally and continue to raise awareness of these crimes.

She said: “Modern slavery and exploitation is often a hidden crime and for that reason, we don’t always know the true extent of it, even though it is happening all around us.

"Following the recent tragic discovery in Essex, I have questions around how such crimes are being responded to and prevented in Sussex and across the South East.”

Other topics under discussion include:

• Operation Uplift – police officer recruitment update
• Operation PEEL – policing of the Lewes bonfire celebrations
• Annual update from Sexual Offence Investigation Trained Officers Team
• 101 – non-emergency call handling times
• Economic crime update

The next PAM is on Friday, 13th December at 13:00.


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