Professional training resources
A major aim of public awareness raising is to encourage stalking victims to go to the police sooner. But the criminal justice system and other agencies have to react in the right way when they do. There is a clear need for professional training among the police, CPS and judiciary, as well as probation officers, health professionals, and others.
“Working together against stalking”
A training package
The Trust, in conjunction with the Cheshire Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit (IASU), has launched a major new training initiative entitled Working Together Against Stalking, offering flexible full-day or half-day training packages to UK police and other agencies seeking to review and improve their response to cases of stalking.
Why is this important?
Stalking has been a crime since 2012 but the criminal justice system has struggled to recognise the scale and the seriousness of the problem. Persistent stalking episodes can have a devastating emotional and psychological impact not only upon the victim but also on their families. Stalking can also be highly dangerous, leading in the worst instances to physical violence and—as in Alice Ruggles’ case—even murder. Yet not all stalkers kill and most stalking episodes do not end in homicide. There are a wide variety of types of—and motivations for—stalking, and they require different actions to prevent an escalation. Only by understanding the nature, motivation and purpose of a particular stalking episode can the risks be managed effectively.
About the Cheshire Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit
IASU is a collaborative service delivered by Cheshire Constabulary and North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. It is part of a 2-year proof-of-concept project known as MASIP (Multi-Agency Stalking Interventions Programme) in which three police forces, three NHS Trusts and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, working in partnership, have been funded by the Police Transformation Fund to pilot innovative responses to stalking. The initiative, which is the first of its kind worldwide, aims to improve responses to stalking across the criminal justice system and the health sector through a range of interventions with stalkers.