Stalking and harassment (6)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3238
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What training and advice are officers given to assist them in dealing with cases of harassment and stalking?

Answer

Answer for Stalking and harassment (6)

Answer for Stalking and harassment (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS recognise the need for appropriate training for officers in relation to harassments and stalking offences.  Stalking and Harassment is covered within the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing syllabus prior to recruits attending training school. The subject is revisited during Foundation training, covering stalking and harassment in domestic abuse and non-domestic contexts, key offences and legislation, aggravating factors, police powers, and civil remedies.

Many stalking and harassment cases fall within the definition of domestic abuse and are investigated in Community Safety Units by staff who receive additional training on these offences.

MPS policy has mandatory and recommended requirements for dealing with offences of this nature, which define risk identification, supervision and review at key stages of the investigative process. The policy toolkit is supplemented with a questions and answers document providing additional detail for investigating officers.

Additionally, the College of Policing has information packs on stalking and all officers have access to the Police National Legal Database and the CPS websites, which both have further information regarding stalking and harassment.