Derbyshire police has become one of the first forces to publish its Modern Slavery Statement, setting out how it will prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its operations and supply chain.
Chief Constable Peter Goodman and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of the force’s business.
The force has recently established a dedicated Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit to identify and support victims, raise awareness and bring offenders to justice but this report looks at the force’s own supply chain.
The service procure a range of goods and services that traditionally have a higher risk of exploitation such as construction, clothing and laundry and acknowledged that they have influence over the way thier suppliers manage the supply chain.
The constabulary have already reviewed it's top 250 suppliers, surveying them about modern slavery and their practices, and they plan to expand this.
The force has identified key areas to focus on:
- Developing an overarching modern slavery strategy and responsible sourcing programme
- Increasing collaboration with statutory stakeholders, the community and suppliers in respect of business engagement and modern slavery ‘influence’
- Continue training and raising awareness in high-risk sectors of operation
Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: “While we have made good progress towards improving our ability as a force in identifying victims of modern slavery and pursuing the organised gangs involved in this inhumane crime, we recognise that the next step is to review our organisation internally.
“As an organisation that employs more than 3,000 people, it’s vitally important to ensure our business contracts, supplies and workforce are free from modern slavery.
“Although there is no requirement for the police service to comply with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act and produce a statement, I feel very strongly that policing should operate with transparency and lead by example. I know the people of Derbyshire would expect this from their police service.”
Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “As Derbyshire’s PCC I helped Derby to become the first UK city to sign up to the United Nations Global Compact around Modern Day Slavery and I fully support Derbyshire Constabulary’s commitment to tackling these crimes. I commend the chief constable for taking up the challenge to ensure that our own house is in order and I am clear that we are both fully committed to eradicating modern slavery in every way we can.”