Tomorrow’s meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority is expected to hear a motion from MPA and London Assembly members Jenny Jones and Joanne McCartney on the force’s Human Trafficking Team.
The motion calls on the Met to “commit to maintaining the specialist human trafficking team in view of its important role as the only specialist operational anti-trafficking team in the country and London’s position as a major gateway for human trafficking into the UK. Further, the international consensus is that a specialist team represents best practice in combating trafficking.”
The motion also says: “At minimum this commitment should be to maintain the team until after the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. The Met cannot afford to lose the expertise or disrupt the intelligence work of the specialist team at this time, given the prediction of a substantial increase in the number of people trafficked into London over the next three years as a result of the Games.”
The meeting will also hear oral updates from Boris Johnson, MPA Chair, and Kit Malthouse, MPA Vice Chair and Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson will present a report on policing performance and respond to questions from Authority members.
The meeting will be held in the Chamber, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA at 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 29 October 2009.