#BeyondTheBeat is our summer-long campaign to raise awareness of some of the more 'hidden' demands faced by Wiltshire Police. Modern slavery is our focus this week; sadly this is an issue that is experienced in Wiltshire as well as in large metropolitan areas.
Our officers and staff carry out regular visits to the types of establishments that have previously experienced modern slavery issues - nail bars and car washes for example. We want to check on the welfare of workers to ensure they are being treated well and not being subjected to abuse.
The public play a huge role in tackling modern slavery. Intelligence received from members of the public helps to direct our resources, respond to concerns, protect vulnerable and exploited people and bring offenders to justice. Knowing what to look out for and then reporting any concerns you have, however trivial they may seem, is a small way to make a big difference.
If we all work together, we can help to end the exploitation of vulnerable people in our communities. Please take a few minutes to find out more about these important issues via our website.