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Super complaint of “Police failure to deal with stalkers” – only 5% of cases were charged

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A SUPER COMPLAINT has been filed by security groups over alleged police failures in dealing with stalkers.

Only 5 percent of stalking complaints lead to CPS allegations of systemic failures by the police, which put many victims at risk, they said.

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has made a Super Complaint to Police Wardens and the Force Training and Policy Body on behalf of the National Stalking Consortium.

It is said that police forces do not detect stalking behavior early and are treated as a minor offense by undertrained police officers.

Cases are dropped by police too quickly and the psychological impact on victims is not taken seriously enough, with 91 percent of them suffering from mental health problems as a result of their ordeal, she adds.

The consortium of 21 specialists, security groups, victims and academics also emphasizes that stalking played a role in 94 percent of murders of women – which the police do not take into account.

Additionally, police officers do not use powers to obtain stalking protection orders while investigating cases, it is alleged.

In its Super Complaint to His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Independent Office for Police Conduct and the College of Policing, the Consortium is calling for better training for all police officers involved in stalking offences.

They are also calling for a more unified response from authorities and better IT tools to identify dangerous criminals and thwart cyberstalking.

Suky Bhaker, CEO of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, said: “We assist thousands of victims each year in our National Stalking Service and a significant number of them tell us they are being abandoned by the police and the courts at every turn Journey to Justice.

“If stalking is not recognized and investigated as early as possible, the risk of physical and psychological damage to the victim increases.

“We hope the outcome of this Super Complaint will result in robust recommendations to improve the police response to stalking across the country, which is so badly needed.”

Claire Waxman, Victims Commissioner for London and himself a former victim of a deranged stalker, added: “Too many stalking victims are let down by the police and the general justice system – stalking behavior is ignored or minimized and restraint violations occur orders not taken seriously enough.

“I fully support the National Stalking Consortium’s Super Complaint, which highlights a number of failures in the handling of stalking cases, exposing victims to further harm and causing unnecessary suffering.

“Although I had hoped that the revised stalking legislation would result in better protection and justice for victims, after ten years the rate of charges remains unacceptably low.

“It is clear that the justice system still struggles to identify and consistently combat stalking, leaving too many victims suffering and vulnerable. Change is long overdue as victims of stalking deserve protection.”

Police inspectors will now decide whether to investigate the super-complaint.

Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Mills, head of the National Police Commissioners’ Council on Stalking and Harassment, said: “Harassment and stalking are serious crimes that can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their friends and family.

“Stalking is a crime that goes to the heart of violence against women and girls and deprives them of their sense of security.”

He added: “It is recognized that there is still more work to be done to improve the criminal justice system’s outcomes for victims of stalking and we are working closely with the CPS to monitor the progress of cases before prosecution and in court.” to understand.”

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