Proactive Scrutiny 2016 to 2017
This report concludes and makes recommendations upon the topic of ‘human trafficking and modern slavery, where Members reviewed the actions of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire in his aim, under priority four of the Police and Crime Plan, to ‘improve the sharing of information across all Hampshire and Isle of Wight-based public sector agencies’ and the sharing of intelligence ‘between police forces’ to prevent offending and to ensure those ‘committing or intending to commit serious and organised crimes’ across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight ‘are being actively pursued’ and applied a particular focus on human trafficking and modern slavery. Additionally, this report considers how the Commissioner is engaging partners across the two counties to support victims of these crimes, as well as increasing awareness and engagement from the wider community.
This review has identified a need for a fuller understanding and wider awareness of the picture of human trafficking and modern slavery across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, whilst recognising that the Commissioner and his office have taken a lead in progressing this agenda. In particular the introduction of the Modern Slavery Partnership for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has brought partners together to lead a multi-agency coordinated the approach across the two counties and the evidence reviewed has reflected that Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are amongst the frontrunners nationally in the approach to preventing these crimes and seeking to identify and support survivors.