BLOG: Deputy Director Mick Duthie

On retiring from the Met in late February last year I immediately took on a new challenge with the Santa Marta Group within the Catholic Church to help in their fight to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking.

I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and I do miss the Met but thankfully I’ve managed to keep in contact with lots of my old colleagues but have also built many new relationships with others which has been really positive.

I’m now very excited to be heading off to Rome for the SMG International Conference in February to find out more about all the great work that is being undertaken by our members from across the globe. Senior Church and Law Enforcement leads, Religious Orders and Civil Society leaders from close to 40 countries will gather to outline what they have been doing to eradicate slavery and consider what more needs to be done.

As an ex MPS officer I’m very proud to learn that the Commissioner Cressida Dick will be attending the two-day event and will help showcase the work the Met, in partnership with the Church has done and is doing across the Capital and beyond to support and recover victims, educate communities and increase the amount of intelligence coming from the public.

We have recently run a number of joint MPS/SMG awareness raising events, provided training to police officers and staff and recruited volunteers who are now working with commands.

We are now hoping that in 2018 we can develop this further by working across more Borough Operational Command Units and Basic Command Units to create local networks to support the Met and protect the vulnerable.