In June 2015, the first CEPOL training activity on THB for labour exploitation was organised together with the Swedish National Police Academy. The aim of the training activity was to improve a multidisciplinary approach to THB for labour exploitation tackled via labour inspectors.

The content of the training covered the causes and effects of THB for labour exploitation, and domestic and international measures and legislation to combat THB for labour exploitation. The training looked at opportunities for multidisciplinary cooperation and methods for detection and investigation of THB for labour exploitation. It also looked at challenges, such as the question why victim statements are often inconsistent.

Sharing information after the course

Participants were given the opportunity to use the CEPOL e-net as a platform for post-course discussion and sharing of information and material.

Partners involved in the cooperation

  • CEPOL: initiated and funded the training activity; the activity was CEPOL’s contribution to the Operational Action Plan of EMPACT THB; Read more about CEPOL.
  • The Swedish National Police Academy: developed the specific objectives and learning activities, invited speakers and organised the implementation of the training.
  • The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and Gangmasters Licencing Authority (GLA) supported the organiser in the planning stage as well as by providing speakers.
  • Presentations were also given by representatives from Europol, FRA, IOM, and the Belgian Social Inspectorate. All speakers led participant discussions on their respective topics.
  • There were 34 participants, including nine labour inspectors. Nineteen member states, and Norway, were represented among the participants.

What made this practice successful?

The multi-disciplinary approach furthered the understanding of the roles that police officers and labour inspectors can play in combating THB for labour exploitation, and of the opportunities inherent in multi-agency and international cooperation. Case studies and sharing of operational experiences increased knowledge of methods for prevention and detection.

It was a residential training where both course activities and the social programme were designed to provide opportunities for networking. There was a high level of participant activity, with group work and discussions that utilised the combined competence of the group.