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Human Trafficking: Essex

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training police officers in Essex have received on human trafficking; and if she will make a statement. (254783)

All police forces in England and Wales have sent officers to the training courses devised and delivered by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) and this work has been reinforced by the distribution of awareness-raising material sent electronically to all police officers. The UKHTC in conjunction with the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) are also in the process of rolling out training modules on human trafficking to be included in mainstream police courses. All of this work involves an element of training specifically on the convention.

The knowledge of police officers on human trafficking has been further reinforced as part of the successful nationwide Operations Pentameter 1 and 2, the latter of which additionally involved a trial of the national referral mechanism, a central component of the convention and which will be introduced from 1 April 2009.