Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner

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Dear Association of Police and Crime Commissioners,

I am writing to request copies of:
(a) All communications between APCC and the Office of the Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland.
(b) Agendas and minutes of any meetings between APCC and the Office of the Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland.
From the date of the appointment of the Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, in November 2014 to present date.

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Smyth

APCCS Enquiries, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

RE: FOI Request received 16th August, 2017

Dear Lucy,

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which we received on 16 August 2017, for information held by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Your request is as follows:

(a) All communications between APCC and the Office of the Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland.
(b) Agendas and minutes of any meetings between APCC and the Office of the Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland.
From the date of the appointment of the Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, in November 2014 to present date.

Please find below our response:

Kevin Hyland has spoken at one APCC General Meeting on 15th July, 2015. Details are requested are below:
Agenda:

Item 5.0 Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE

The UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland will be speaking about his new role working with law enforcement agencies, local authorities and third sector organisations to ensure that modern slavery issues are tackled in a coordinated and effective manner across the whole of the UK. Kevin will be introduced by PCC Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire and there will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation as well as possible next steps - setting up a National Anti-Trafficking Network.

Minutes of the discussion & Q&A with Kevin:

The new role of the ‘Independent anti-Slavery Commissioner (KH)
* The role of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner is to push forward the UK response to Modern Slavery – locally and internationally.
* The Modern Slavery Act established the role, which is just the start. We need training and collective action. PCCs will be pivotal in responding to Modern Slavery – Inclusion of this in the Policing Plan can make a huge difference. KH stated that he will work with Commissioners on this.
* The target is Prevention - to stop modern slavery. It is important that we act now. We do not want this to be another scandal to hit policing and questions asked as to what did we do?
* KH referenced Justice Goddard’s comments about the picture – we have significant underestimation of the problem. We established that we have between 10,000 and 13,000 victims whereas only 2,744 were reported to the National Crime Agency (NCA). There were only 187 prosecutions and 130 convictions
* What is needed is strong political will and leadership backed up by action. The Independent anti-Slavery Commissioner is developing the Strategic Plan which will be laid before Parliament later this year.

Priorities:
o Improved victim care
o Effective training and victim ID
o Productive Partnership
o Evaluation of law enforcement activity
o Private sector engagement
o International collaboration

We need to support victims and get information from them, make sure that these crime are recorded properly, ensure that forces are prosecuting and seizing assets, identify and share good practice have sustained information exchange, develop a common narrative with partners and harness the skills in policing that are already out there. Remove bureaucracy that prevents us working effectively with international partners – EuroJust.

Q and A session:

Q Which countries are most common origins for trafficking?
A, 1. Albania, 2. Nigeria, 3. Poland, 4. Romania and 5. Vietnam
Q Is a person trafficked from one geographical area different from a person trafficked from another. Are there different strategies?
A KH referenced the Human Trafficking Foundation Report - has a guidance on opportunities and options.
Q. Reference to Operation Pheasant – taught us that we have to work with many agencies and other forces. These offenders are ruthless.
Kevin Hurley states that there are also problems with the CPS and judiciary regarding understanding and sensitivity
Q A Commissioner stated that their largest non-British population was Polish. What is the extent of the problem and can they get information?
A. KH stated that they do have good relationships and can do some work for Cumbria regarding the Polish population. There is an issue with NCA not referring back to police forces so forces don’t know the extent of the problem. The NCA DG agreed and the next big challenge is getting them to do this.
Q. Is there links between us and China re. this?
A. China is not in the top 10 but it is one where the UK have a significant footprint.

Please get in touch if you require anything further.

Kind regards,

Oliver Shaw|The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, APCC|0207 222 4296| Lower Ground,  5-8 The Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3JS |www.apccs.police.uk
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