Bedfordshire against Modern Slavery
Photo shows BAMS receiving cheque for £1000 from the Police Partnership Board on Wednesday.
BAMS was established in 2012 to raise awareness of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the county. The key members are Kristy Adams a former local councillor, David Cestaro a DCI with Bedfordshire Police along with Pauline Panter and Rita Beaumont two members of Soroptimist International, Bedford.
Activities undertaken by BAMS include an information gathering session for a variety of health and social care providers, voluntary organisations, the prison service, police and charities to establish the depth of knowledge these “professionals” had regarding Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. It quickly became apparent there was a lack of knowledge and more training was required. As a result we organised a comprehensive study day attended by over 200 people and established BAMS. All local police officers have now comprehensive training regarding recognition of human trafficking and slavery, this includes new recruits, airport police and very senior investigating officers. Bedfordshire police has seen a substantial increase in the recognition and reported number of cases of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery since the introduction of BAMS.
Our ongoing work includes the design and provision of information bookmarks for police offices, local taxi drivers, housing officials and the general public. Monthly meetings include the key members as well senior health and social care workers, representatives from local charities, Yarlswood wood detention centre and various other organisations.
Contact Pauline Panter, firstname.lastname@example.org