The Modern Slavery Coordination Unit supports the force and partners to identify, investigate, charge and convict the highest harm offenders whilst providing safeguarding to victims and survivors. The unit has a specialist investigative team which supports divisions in complex modern slavery cases, in addition to an embedded Justice and Care Victim Navigator who works with partners to provide the highest level of care and support to survivors.
The unit received reports of males being threatened and intimidated, forced into work and made to live in caravans with no electricity. The unit provided initial and immediate tactical advice support and commenced critical enquiries such as obtaining CCTV evidence and speaking to witnesses. The Justice and Care Victim Navigator provided initial assistance to potential victims. Further reports were received, which led to the unit supporting local officers to make arrests, undertake searches and commence further enquiries as a result, increasing local capacity and ensuring the right capabilities were in place. The unit then commenced assessing the suspected offenders as an organised crime group.
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