Plea for more police training
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.”