This policy provides members of this department with information on the scope and nature of stalking, its primary characteristics, and measures that can be taken to assist victims and identify perpetrators.
It is the policy of this department to respond to and investigate reports of stalking. The initial response will be proactive in gathering information that permits the victim’s circumstances to be considered in context with the behavior of the suspect. Additionally, the response will include evidence collection and a victim threat assessment.
It is also the responsibility of every department member conducting primary and/or follow-up investigations to gather all relevant information and evidence necessary to determine whether probable cause exists to believe a crime of stalking has occurred. This includes any past stalking behaviors or incidents alleged by the complainant to have been committed by the suspect.