Stalking and harassment: An inspection of Sussex Police commissioned by the police and crime commissioner, and an update on national recommendations in HMICFRS’s 2017 report (9429)

Cause of concern: We are concerned that Sussex Police is not properly protecting some victims of stalking or harassment who have been victimised online because: • officers record some of these crimes incorrectly as malicious communications only; and/or • the crime prevention advice the force gives to victims is not always appropriate.

Recommendations: We recommend that within three months the chief constable of Sussex Police reviews this crime type to ensure that the force records and classifies these crimes correctly, and treats victims appropriately as a result.

We recommend that within three months Sussex Police gives explicit guidance to officers and staff about the advice that they should give to victims of online stalking or harassment. In future, the force should incorporate this into the training of officers.

[on]10th April 2019 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]19th June 2019 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on]