A stalking and harassment learning and development day was held in February 2015 with Paladin
Cleveland’s PCC Barry Coppinger is supporting National Stalking Awareness Week which started this week, on Monday 20th April.
Organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the launch of the National Stalking Helpline, the digital campaign focuses on a new video "What is Stalking" by the trust.
Stalking was made a specific offence in November 2012 when the Protection from Harassment Act of 1997 was amended.
Mr Coppinger said: "Cleveland Police and myself are dedicated to protecting and supporting victims of such a distressing crime. I am keen to make it clear that stalking is not romantic, trivial or funny – it is illegal and offenders will be prosecuted wherever possible.
"Stalking and harassment forms part of the regional Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and back in February 2015, I organised and hosted a stalking and harassment learning and development day with Cleveland Police for frontline officers. The event was supporting by Paladin - a national stalking advocacy service.
"The day ensured our frontline officers were appropriately trained to recognise and investigate stalking offences and we continue to work closely with Community Safety Partnerships across the force area to ensure all professionals are working towards the same goals."
"Finally, I would like to highlight to people who face stalking and harassment that there is help and support available to them, and encourage them to come forward and report".
Detective Inspector Simon Walker of Cleveland Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People Unit and the force’s single point of contact for stalking and harassment issues, added: "I have attended national conferences on stalking to share ideas and information on stalking and how to support victims.
"Anyone who feels they are a victim of stalking should rest assured that Cleveland Police takes this issue extremely seriously and we will always listen to people’s concerns and take any action possible against perpetrators."
‘Is It Stalking’ Video and Further Information
Click here to view a two-minute animated film, ‘Is It Stalking’ by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust for National Stalking Awareness Week 2015. It looks at what stalking is and the different ways it can manifest as well as offering practical help and support for people who are experiencing it.
For more information visit: https://www.givey.com/suzylamplughtrust. The National Stalking Helpline can be reached by phoning 0808 802 0300.
Posted on Tuesday 21st April 2015