Police to get cyber stalking training
Police are being given training to help them investigate cases of cyber stalking.
Officers from each policing area across the county will join staff from charities and support groups to get a better understanding of the best ways to combat the crime of using the internet to harass or stalk others.
The training will help officers identify victims and gather the evidence needed for a strong prosecution case.
Detective chief inspector Jon Brown said: “Cyber stalking is still a relatively new crime and the number of incidents reported to us in Leicestershire is low.
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“However, we want officers to be able to identify offences at an early stage and be able to explain to victims what cyber stalking really means, the measures some offenders may take to stalk their victim and ways in which they can protect themselves from cyber stalking.
“I think public perception can be that stalking cannot happen online, or that it has to be physical harassment.
“This isn’t true and cyber stalking has just as big an impact on a victim as any other type of harassment.”
Jennifer Perry, a cyber stalking expert, is leading the training sessions.
For more information on cyber stalking, visit: www.digital-stalking.com