Response to HMICFRS report 'Stolen freedom' on modern slavery and human trafficking

Sharon Stratton, College of Policing lead for public protection, said:

“Modern slavery and human trafficking offences are appalling crimes which exploit and harm the most vulnerable members of our communities.

“In 2015 we published definitive national guidance on investigating the crimes of slavery and human trafficking and we have recently published two new face-to-face training courses on modern slavery. These include a four-day course for specialist investigators and a one-day course for those on the frontline who are likely to encounter the victims of modern slavery.

“We recognise that police forces are under great pressure responding to the complex and resource intensive nature of crimes committed against vulnerable people. College training is designed to support policing to deal effectively with the needs of vulnerable people, recognising that any response will often require the help and support of other agencies.

"However, training courses alone cannot achieve the changes required to improve services to victims of these crimes. We will carefully examine the findings of today’s report and continue to help ensure officers are given the right skills and knowledge to protect the public.”

Contact Information

College Press Office

College of Policing

020 3837 0435

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