POLICE have been commended for their work in tackling stalking.
Hampshire has been recognised as a centre of excellence in a national report commissioned by the Network for Surviving Stalking, in partnership with Women’s Aid and the White Ribbon Campaign.
A specific piece of work highlighted in the report is the Hampshire Stalking Clinic, which is supported by the police and crime commissioner, Simon Hayes. Specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary lead the clinic – along with partners from Aurora New Dawn and the Southern Health NHS Foundation – to support victims.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Rowlandson, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘Stalking is a unique crime, characterised by fixation and obsession. While some of the individual actions involved may sometimes seem relatively minor, taken together over a period of months or even years it can have a devastating effect on those affected, leaving them feeling powerless to stop it.
‘The stalking clinic allows professionals from a range of agencies to work together, to manage the risks involved and provide the best possible response to the victims.’