Sussex Police response to stalking and harassment

HMICFRS and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) first carried out an inspection into the police and Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) response to stalking and harassment between 2016 and 2017. Sussex Police was one of six forces visited as part of the inspection.

The July 2017 national report, Living in fear: police and CPS response to harassment and stalking, concluded that the police and the Crown Prosecution Service were letting victims down.

We hoped that this inspection would be a catalyst for change in both services.

As a result of that inspection, the inspectorates made recommendations for improvement to the police and the CPS.

Following several concerns, the police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Sussex requested that HMICFRS return to carry out a follow-up inspection of Sussex Police in 2018.

As part of this inspection, we have also reviewed the progress made by the police and other bodies against recommendations from the 2017 reports. We found that national organisations have also taken positive steps towards improving their response to stalking and harassment cases, but again more work needs to be done.