Plea for more po­lice train­ing

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be­tween 40 and 50 times in one year alone. He also in­stalled CCTV to mon­i­tor her move­ments and filmed and pho­tographed her. Mother- of-three Gail added: “We’d like to see spe­cialised teams deal with stalk­ing in the same way as do­mes­tic abuse.

“The im­pact of stalk­ing is the same.

“I just think we ex­pect the po­lice to do these things with­out the proper re­sources.

“With­out the re­sources, they can’t in­ves­ti­gate cases like ours

“It took a long time for me to have my case in­ves­ti­gated, but once I did, things got bet­ter.”

Last year, there were 679 con­vic­tions for stalk­ing in Scot­tish courts.

Detective Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Les­ley Boal, head of pub­lic pro­tect ion a t Pol i c e S c o t l a nd , added : “We are com­mit­ted to thor­oughly and ro­bustly in­ves­ti­gat­ing ev­ery re­port of stalk­ing we re­ceive.

“We recog­nise that stalk­ing can have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on the lives of vic­tims, their fam­i­lies and friends.

”A to­tal of 15,000 of­fi­cers have com­pleted a spe­cial­ist on­line train­ing pro­gramme.”

A Scott ish Gov­ern­ment spokes­woman added: “In Scot­land, a spe­cific of­fence to deal with the crime of stalk­ing has a max­i­mum penalty of five years’ im­pris­on­ment.

“Min­is­ters have com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing the po­lice re­source budget in real terms in ev­ery year of this Par­lia­ment – de­liv­er­ing a boost of £100mil­lion by 2021.”

A Suzy Lam­plugh Trust spokes­woman said: “While cer­tain ar­eas are show­ing some signs of im­prove­ment, many po­lice forces are still fail­ing to recog­nise stalk­ing and most vic­tims are not able to ac­cess spe­cial­ist sup­port.”

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