Stalking Threat Assessment Centre (STAC)
A world-leading multi-agency specialist unit dedicated to tackling stalking that is run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
Designed to be a centre of excellence, the Stalking Threat Assessment Centre (STAC) offers a range of services from different agencies, all working together to combat stalking and protect victims.
The new STAC is supported by the Mayor of London and the project as a whole has been awarded £4 million pounds over two years from the Home Office’s Police Transformation Fund. Around £1.4m of this funding will be dedicated to the STAC in London while the rest will be divided between two other units in Hampshire and Cheshire who are also taking part in this pilot.
The initiative will aim to improve responses to stalking across the criminal justice system and the health sector through rehabilitative intervention for stalkers. Ultimately, it is hoped that working with perpetrators can help to make victims of stalking safer.
It will be staffed by eight police officers, two nurses, a nurse manager, Forensic Consultant Psychiatrist Frank Farnham, and Sara Henley Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, supported by a victim advocate, a Crown Prosecution Service lawyer and a probation officer. The STAC’s two year pilot aims to reduce reoffending and improve public safety; increase early intervention to reduce the risk of offenders becoming violent; improve the response to victims of stalking; and enhance communication and relationships between the police and other local services to help improve how information is shared. At the end of the pilot, the outcomes will be assessed and will be considered for roll out nationally.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust will provide independent stalking expertise to professionals. Specialist stalking advocates from the National Stalking Helpline, which is run by the charity, will provide crucial advocacy to victims of stalking.