Home Department written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Shadow Minister (Olympics and London), Shadow Minister (Home Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Olympics and London)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reviews of the handling of stalker cases involving (a) children and (b) adults being stalked are under way; when the reviews will be completed; and what guidance her Department has issued to police authorities on the need to review cases involving stalkers.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

No specific reviews of the handling of cases involving children and adults being stalked have been commissioned by the Department.

The Government, however, are committed to tackling the incidence of stalking and harassment. The Home Office currently sits on the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Stalking and Harassment Working Group and has been working closely with them to develop a national risk identification toolkit to ensure that officers are able to apply risk assessments in all cases of stalking and harassment, allowing them to better predict levels of risk to victims.

Revised guidance outlining how police officers should investigate and deal with cases of harassment will be launched by ACPO in the autumn.

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