Stalking and harassment (5)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3237
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

How does the Metropolitan Police Force distinguish between stalking and harassment?

Answer

Answer for Stalking and harassment (5)

Answer for Stalking and harassment (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service distinguishes between harassment and stalking as per the Home Office Counting Rules.  Harassment is offences recorded under crime classifications 8L (Harassment) and 8M (Racially or Religiously Aggravated Harassment), and are offences that are in contravention of Sections 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act (1997), or Section 42a of the Criminal Justice and Police Act (2001).  Stalking is offences recorded under crime classification 8Q (Stalking) and are offences that are in contravention of Sections 2a and 4a of the Protection from Harassment Act (1997), as amended by Section 111 of the Protection of Freedoms Act (2012).

Being able to distinguish between the two requires training and a good investigation.  When an allegation is made, a good investigation will uncover the relevant elements to raise a section 2 charge (harassment) to a section 2a (stalking) or a section 4 to a 4a.