Statement from Devon and Cornwall Police following the release of the HMIC report into stalking and harassment

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “As with all other Forces in England and Wales we welcome this report which focuses on a hugely important area of policing.

“Along with all other Forces, Devon and Cornwall Police continues to work with victims of stalking and harassment as well as with criminal justice partners and victim support groups in this critical area of public protection.

“The Force continues to focus on how it can improve and has made significant changes in its training, vulnerability assessment and investigations since the horrific experience of Helen Pearson which culminated with her attempted murder in October 2013.

“We recognise the importance of victims having confidence to report and the Force established the Victim Care Units in April 2015 which has received positive comment from the HMIC.

“Consistency of approach within law enforcement and the wider Criminal Justice Service is critical in placing victims at the heart of the criminal justice process and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice.

“As with other Forces, we will review the HMIC recommendations in order to consider how best to take them forward.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

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