Nave Andromeda incident highlights need for greater co-operation in countering human trafficking

The operation mounted by British Special Forces to take control of the Liberian flagged Nave Andromeda off the Isle of Wight last week inevitably captured the public’s imagination.

Nothing generates headlines like a helicopter-borne rescue mission in British waters. But while the operation was clearly well executed and achieved its mission, the result no doubt of excellent planning and inter service co-operation, the incident should shine a spotlight on the increasing security and humanitarian challenge presented by international human trafficking and, more importantly, the need for much greater international co-operation in tackling the problem at source.

A recent article in the Times suggests that both Spain and France, the UK’s allies, rejected repeated requests by the crew for security assistance as the ship passed through those countries’ navigational waters, bound for Southampton – thereby leaving the problem for the British to sort out at a later stage in the ship’s journey. Multiple factors, including the complexities of maritime law and public opinion on immigration, no doubt contributed to Spain and France’s decision making on this occasion, but it shows how much work there is to do in this space.

But effective international security co-operation when dealing with this kind of incident is only part of the story – it is not the solution. We need to be working harder, with our allies, to tackle the problem at source. This includes providing real support to the many countries (particularly in the MENA region) where criminal networks base their trafficking operations. That support needs to cover the many complex challenges of security sector and judicial reform, police and security training (particularly in human rights), international co-operation and intelligence sharing. This should be the focus of the international community’s efforts.

Rose Partners is proud to be playing its part in developing the solution, working on a number of significant security sector reform projects in the MENA region, providing expert support on the frontline in the battle against human trafficking. This includes police training, change management, specialist operational support in the areas of intelligence, counter terrorism and counter organised crime. While much more needs to be done, we are seeing at first-hand how much these countries want to succeed in ending the scourge of human trafficking.

Clarke Jarrett is Strategic Director of Rose Partners and former Commander of SO15 at New Scotland Yard.

Rose Partners expands client advisory team

Rose Partners expands client advisory team with leading experts in Counter Terrorism policing, forensics and investigations.

Rose Partners has significantly expanded its client advisory team with experts covering a range of fields to support its rapidly growing work in security sector reform and change management.

Dr William Matchett, one of the world’s leading experts on Counter Terrorism policing, joins the client advisory team as it delivers major security sector reform projects in post conflict environments. Now an academic (and Senior Researcher at the Kennedy Institute), author and strategic advisor, William had a 30-year policing career in Northern Ireland, mainly working in Counter Terrorism intelligence. His credentials include advising law enforcement organisations on capability and capacity development in anti-corruption, Counter Terrorism and intelligence-led policing.

Kim Simpson, one of the UK’s foremost experts in explosive forensics, joins Rose Partners with a long career in the investigation of explosives and electronics use in criminal investigations.

Adam Honor, CEO of Rose Partners, said:

“These are very exciting times for the company as we expand our international client operations in the areas of security sector reform and police change management. We are delighted to welcome such a talented group of experts to our client advisory team.”

Clarke Jarrett joins Rose Partners as Group Strategic Director

Rose Partners is delighted to announce the appointment of Clarke Jarrett as Group Strategic Director.

Clarke joins the firm after a long and distinguished career working at the highest levels of strategic Counter Terrorism. He commanded the UK’s largest Counter Terrorism unit, SO15 at New Scotland Yard where he was responsible for the UK’s police Counter Terrorism at home and overseas. He led the UK’s Counter Terrorism response to both the Westminster and Parsons Green attacks and was closely involved in the UK’s strategic response to the Salisbury nerve agent attacks.

He was also responsible for the delivery of Counter Terrorism operations for major events including the 2019 Cricket World Cup and incoming State Visits.

Clarke brings formidable strategic experience to Rose Partners as it continues to expand its international operations in the areas of security sector reform, capacity and capability development. In his new role, Clarke will be responsible for the delivery of the company’s international projects and the company’s growth strategy into new areas of change management and capacity development.

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