The Stalking Protection Order is a civil order which can be applied for by the police.
Although they are not a part of criminal proceedings, breach of SPO without reasonable excuse is a criminal offence.
The Stalking Protection Order can be applied for prior to any criminal proceedings or at any point of the investigation up to the point of conviction.
The order is designed to provide a victim of stalking with full, or interim protection, before the offender’s behaviour escalates and causes serious harm.
The criteria to apply for a criminal behaviour order are:
- A person carried out acts associated with stalking
- A person poses a risk of stalking
- There is a reasonable cause to believe the SPO is necessary to protect a person from risk of stalking.
When reporting stalking, you can speak to the member of staff or a police officer to discuss if the SPO is suitable in your circumstances.