05 July 2017

Comment in response to HMIC report on stalking and harassment

David Tucker, crime and criminal justice lead for the College of Policing, said: “We know that stalking and harassment can have a detrimental impact on someone’s life so we have introduced training for all new police recruits and existing officers.

​"We recognise that these offences are often complex and difficult to resolve so our training means officers can spot the signs early to help victims and hold perpetrators to account.
"Police Information Notices, which acts as a warning rather than a formal sanction, have caused some concern and they will come to an end later this year when we issue new guidance for Early Harassment Notices. The guidance will clearly outline the limited circumstances when officers can use them.
"The College is carrying out further work to protect vulnerable people by working with charities and others to create new vulnerability training for police and we will begin piloting that in some forces soon."

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