Sharing best practice

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How can the influence and expertise of the Metropolitan Police Service's Trafficking & Kidnap Unit be felt more strongly during borough-level operations?


Answer for Sharing best practice

Answer for Sharing best practice

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In London, we need to understand the gravity of kidnap, trafficking and modern slavery. It is an emerging and complex area, and the harm that it causes to the most vulnerable people is devastating.

It is, of course, an outrage that this happens at all in 2016, and I am very pleased that the Met has a dedicated central Unit for dealing with these types of crime.

The Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit deals with trafficking referrals, as well as supporting the rest of the Met to develop a proactive response. As you point out, it's essential that this work takes place consistently at borough level.

I am aware that the Unit is rolling out a program of work across London and I support this. This includes making sure that every borough has a dedicated Modern Slavery point of contact and that local officers are given comprehensive training to identify signs that someone might be a victim of modern slavery or trafficking.

While there is clearly some fantastic work going on in pockets across the capital, there is always scope to do more and make it more consistent. I want to ensure that this work is properly joined up, and that this issue remains high on our agenda.

That is why my draft Police and Crime Plan recognises this threat and why my Deputy Mayor, Sophie Linden, is working to ensure better consistency across London and will review the role that City Hall can play.

We will be looking at this in more depth in the coming weeks and months and we welcome your input and thoughts on how we address these horrendous crimes.