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Human Trafficking (9635/19)


Human trafficking and slavery training

01 January 2017 – 01 January 2018 and 01 January 2018 – 01 January 2019

  1. Please specify the contents of the mandatory training courses (the names of the courses were disclosed in response to Hestia’s FOI).
  2. Please confirm whether the mandatory training courses included:

(a) The legal definition of human trafficking and slavery;

(b) Trafficking/slavery indicators;

(c) The duty of police officers to identify and refer crime suspects who may be potential victims of

trafficking or slavery to the National Referral Mechanism;

(d) How to refer crime suspects who may be potential victims to the National Referral Mechanism;


(e) The non-punishment principle (as enshrined in international and domestic law) – which requires

police to refer crime suspects who may be potential victims, rather than to prematurely charge them.

  1. Please confirm the duration and mode (i.e. lecture/e-learning) of the mandatory training courses.

NOTE: This document is merely a freedom of information request and does not in any way constitute a legal document or legal representations, and is written only in my capacity as a lay person.

  1. Please confirm whether police officers were required to attend Continuing Professional Development

sessions on human trafficking and slavery, or whether the mandatory courses were limited to one session only.

  1. Please confirm how many police officers from your force attended and studied the mandatory course sessions.
  2. Please confirm how police officers’ attendance and study of the mandatory course were monitored.
  3. Please confirm how police officers’ understanding and competence in this course was examined.
  4. If police officers were examined on this course, please confirm how many police officers successfully passed it.
  5. If police officers were not examined on this course – why not?

If unable to answer questions/provide data

  1. If not able to answer a question, why not?
  2. If not able to answer a question, does the data exist?
  3. Is the data does not exist, why not?


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.