Added by Freedom of Information Team on 20 October 2016 at 14:41
1. Between April 2015 and March 2016 how many crimes did your force record under the modern slavery act?
2. Between April 2015 and March 2016 how many charges were made under the modern slavery act?
3. Does your police force have a dedicated anti-slavery unit?
4. What is its annual budget for the 2016/17 financial year?
5. Is it ring-fenced?
6. How many police officers are attached to the unit?
Q1. Between April 2015 and March 2016 nine incidents were reported. Of these, six crimes were recorded under the modern slavery Act. Please note that the Modern Slavery Act offences commenced on the 31st July 2015 therefore there is no information held prior to this date.
Q2. There have been no charges.
Q3. There is no specific dedicated unit whose sole role is dedicated to anti-slavery. We do have a Modern Slavery Lead force wide and slavery leads for each policing area of Somerset, Bristol and the North East. We also have Safeguarding Leads trained to make reasonable grounds decisions for trafficked victims.
Q4 - 5. There is no specific funding allocated to Modern Slavery other than PCC (Police and Crime Commissioner) funding for the charity, Unseen to support trafficked victims.
Q6. As stated above there is no specific unit. Training and raising awareness of modern slavery and trafficking is ongoing. It is the responsibility of all police staff and police officers to identify and take action to protect and safeguard individuals and bring offenders to justice. We are also involved with local and regional partnerships addressing Modern Slavery.
Useful information about modern slavery including the help and support available can be found on our website. I have provided the link for reference.
FOI reference: 1172/16.
Date of request: 22.09.16.