Forces committed to increasing the number of stalkers who face prosecution
Stalking and harassment can have a devastating effect on victims' lives and we remain focused and committed to improving training, guidance and our overall response.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Stalking and Harassment, Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said:
“In recent years the police service has seen a vast increase in the reporting of stalking. However, we recognise that this crime is still under reported and that victims need to feel more confident in coming forward.
“Stalking was made a specific offence in 2012, which strengthened police powers enabling us to bring more people to justice. In some cases the harassment legislation continues to be used when recording incidents of stalking. We would want to see police forces across the country charging stalkers with the most appropriate criminal offence as agreed in the joint NPCC and CPS Stalking Protocol.
“Forces are determined to increase the number of stalkers who face prosecution and ensure that measures are put in place to protect victims even if a conviction isn’t possible.
“Stalking and harassment can have a devastating effect on victims’ lives and we remain focused and committed to improving training, guidance and our overall response.”