Cheshire Constabulary is working together with Suzy Lamplugh Trust and partner agencies to develop a pioneering anti-stalking service across Halton and Warrington.
The Constabulary will be working in partnership with the NHS Foundation Trust, and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust who has secured the funding to develop a pioneering anti-stalking service across Halton and Warrington.
The service will be developed with funding from the national Police Transformation Fund as part of a wider pilot project, with two similar services being developed in Hampshire and London in partnership with local police and NHS trusts.
The first-of-its-kind initiative will aim to improve responses to stalking across the criminal justice system and the health sector through rehabilitative treatment for stalkers – addressing the complex psychological issues associated with stalking. Ultimately, it is hoped that working with perpetrators will help to keep victims of stalking safe.
The service will launch later this year.
Chief Superintendent Nigel Whenham said: “It is a great opportunity to work key partners and with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, the leading charity for stalking and harassment. Stalking is a devastating crime, which often leads to prolonged suffering for the victim. It is imperative that the Constabulary does all it can to help support victims, and the funding will help us to develop a programme to treat the underlying causes of stalking behaviour – giving us the best possible chance of stopping further offending.”
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane, said: “This anti-stalking service aims to work with offenders to hopefully both reduce repeat offending, and the impact their behaviour has on the victim. One of my key policing priorities is to support victims and protect the vulnerable and I am delighted that the Constabulary will be part of this country wide initiative - working with partners and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to improve responses to stalking across the criminal justice system.”