Carolyn Harris responds to HMICFRS report on stalking
Carolyn Harris MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability, responding to the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services report on stalking and harassment, said:
“The report from the Inspectorate is a shocking indictment of the effect of Tory cuts on essential police functions. Stalking is a terrible crime, with lives ruined by mental and physical distress. Women are especially vulnerable.
“These are often complex and challenging cases, and labour-intensive for police officers. What is clear is that repeated Tory cuts to police budgets and their decision to axe 21,000 officers mean they are over-stretched, and some of the most vulnerable are suffering as a result.
“Labour has pledged to recruit thousands of extra officers, to help tackle all types of serious crime, including stalking.”