FEATURE: The sentencing in September of a UK-based people trafficking network highlighted the huge financial gains such gangs can make, and the continuing market in those who fall victim to modern slavery; but as Policing Insight’s Andrew Staniforth reports, efforts by the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to raise awareness of the problem (particularly in the financial sector) and develop a collaborative response should serve as a model for other agencies around the world.
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Political parties fight for ‘tough on crime’ high ground – but detective skills shortage is the emerging crisis
Against the backdrop of a shaken public confidence in policing following the Sarah Everard murder, the Conservative and Labour parties set out their law and order objectives during the recent conference season; but as Police Foundation Director Rick Muir reports, while politicians fought for the ‘tough on crime’ mantle, it is the largely overlooked shortage in investigative skills that is the real emerging crisis.
Out-of-court disposals with conditions encouraging rehabilitation and reparation are set to be used more widely from 2023; but Fionnuala Ratcliffe, Research and Policy Lead for Transform Justice, warns that without stronger, clearer guidance, the greater use of conditional cautions could lead to more rather than fewer people being drawn into the criminal justice system.