Derbyshire Constabulary is committed to tackling modern slavery. This has been demonstrated by recent cases including Operation Doubrava; a largescale investigation which stretched into Europe. This safeguarded many victims and saw nine offenders jailed. This investigation highlights the extent of this type of criminality and the footprint modern slavery has in our towns and cities.

We have a dedicated team of specialist officers who work in partnership to tackle this abhorrent criminality, bringing offenders to justice and safeguarding those at risk of harm. This is just one element of how we are dealing with modern slavery. This statement details our commitment to not only bring offenders to justice and protect victims, but also our pledge to ensure our supply chain is free of modern slavery.

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.