Like many organisations across the public sector, law enforcement agencies are expected to continuously improve their performance. Even when crime levels are low or falling, isolated failures are often put in the spotlight. This can in turn adversely impact public perceptions and decision-makers' reactions.
Last month, Scotland's police made a radical policy shift, announcing they would no longer seek to prosecute people brought to the UK to work against their will. This shift is crucial: a "victim focused" approach is needed, if we want to achieve better results in the fight against human trafficking.
I want to emphasise the personality of the people who day in, day out look at some of the worst crimes imaginable. Theirs isn't a job that's easy to talk about down the pub on a Friday night but what they do is absolutely essential. It requires supreme attention to detail and a determination to stay committed to the very end of the removal process.