Greater Manchester Police has introduced a series of changes and improvements to help tackle stalking and harassment incidents. These include a new department responsible for overlooking stalking and harassment incidents; a specially trained GMP police officer linked to the National stalking and harassment help line; specialist officers will oversee all incidents; and a bespoke training package delivered across the force for officers and staff.
The main aims of this are:
- To save lives through early risk identification, by using risk assessment processes specially designed to identify risks to victims
- To create a standardised tool to refer cases to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), to share information and manage risk effectively.
Our specially trained officers act on the information provided in the most appropriate way and work with partner agencies to ensure those suffering the consequences of stalking and harassment get the best possible support and advice from everyone involved in their welfare.
If there is a pattern of harassing behaviour, then officers will always seek to apprehend the stalker and hold them to account for their actions.
It is not necessary to warn the stalker in the first instance or give them words of advice. Harassment is a crime which is best tackled through prosecution. Greater Manchester Police will seek to support you throughout this process in partnership with our multi-agency partners.
Anyone who is being stalked or harassed should come forward to get the assistance that Greater Manchester Police is able to provide. Call 999 in an emergency - when there is a crime in progress or life is in danger - or 101 in a non-emergency.