On 5 March 2020 the Policing Minister Kit Malthouse hosted a Tackling Crime Forum, with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).
The use of modern slavery policies in regional drug trafficking cases - more often known as county lines - has been heralded as a positive step, one which moves away from criminalising vulnerable young people to recognising them as victims in need of safeguarding.
For the past five years, much of my work has focused on the harms associated with prohibitionist drug policies.
County lines refers to the extension of drug supply from urban into rural and other settings.
After a relatively silent period of almost ten years, ‘knife crime’ has re-entered public awareness and policy discussion.