Stalking and Harassment
In 2016/17, together with Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI), HMICFRS carried out a thematic inspection of the way that the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dealt with stalking and harassment. The resulting report, Living in fear – the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking, was published in July 2017. HMICFRS visited Sussex Police as part of that inspection.
In the report, HMICFRS concluded that both stalking and harassment crimes were relatively commonplace and could in some instances have a serious effect on victims. HMICFRS also found that the police response had often let down victims, and because of this we made several recommendations for improvement.
Mrs Bourne asked HMICFRS to carry out a further detailed inspection of the Sussex Police response to stalking and harassment.
Part A of the report deals specifically with what HMICFRS found. Part B looks at what police forces and national organisations have done to improve the police response and an update on the progress made against the HMICFRS recommendations is also provided.
The report can be viewed here.
The PCC's response can be viewed here.