Resources for Law Enforcement
Have the Stalking Resource Center Come Train Your Department!
The Stalking Resource Center provides training that is victim-centered, research informed, and practice based. Stalking Resource Center staff are available to participate in training events sponsored by practitioners on the local, state, and national level. Click here for more information about our training activities and to learn about upcoming events.
Connecting the Dots: Recognizing and Responding to Stalking We have produced this video to enhance the ability of law enforcement first responders to recognize and effectively respond to stalking. The video is designed so that it can either be shown in its entirety or as individual chapters.
A Roll-Call Video for Law Enforcement Officers
- Download Discussion Guide
- Watch entire video on YouTube
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Other Training Videos
Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime
Produced by the Stalking Resource Center and Lifetime Television, this training video for law enforcement was created in response the murder of stalking victim Peggy Klinke by a former partner. Click here to view this video.
The Use of Technology to Stalk
This 15-minute training video is designed to enhance awareness among professionals working with stalking victims of how stalkers use a vast array of technologies available today. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to request access to the online video.
Links in the Chain: Two Communities Respond to Stalking
Produced by Academy-award winning documentary filmmakers Citizen Film, Women's Educational Media, and the Stalking Resource Center, this video features two jurisdictions that successfully use multidisciplinary, collaborative responses to stalking: The New York Anti-Stalking Task Force and The Family Violence Center, a unit of the San Jose Police Department. Click here to view this video. A copy of this video can also be purchased from the National Center for Victims of Crime Store.
Online Training Course
Stalkers often use technology to assist them in stalking their victims. This self-paced, interactive online training will increase the ability of criminal justice professionals and victim service providers to recognize how stalkers use technology. Click here to register.
For more information about how different technologies can be used to stalk, measures victims can take to keep safe, laws and legal considerations, and resources, click here.
Stalking Resource Center Publications and Resources
Stalking Fact Sheet
Stalking Response Tips
Developed in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, this series presents advocates, criminal justice professionals, and victims with specific tips and information on responding to stalking.
- For Law Enforcement
- For Community Corrections Officers
Are you being stalked? (Brochure)
- ¿Es usted víctima de acecho?
- Large print version
Responding to Stalking on Campus: The Model Stalking Policy
The Stalking Resource Center has released Responding to Stalking on Campus: The Model Stalking Policy. This guide was developed to help universities and colleges create or revise their campus policy on stalking. Responding to Stalking on Campus: The Model Stalking Policy provides useful language about defining stalking, lists of stalking behaviors, and safety considerations for victims. It also includes sample policies that administrators can use in their entirety or adapt for schools' specific needs.
The Practitioner Perspectives series highlights promising responses to stalking across the United States.
- Anna Marcy, Bryan County, Oklahoma Coordinated Community Response Team
- Deirdri Fishel, Detective, State College Police Department, Victim Centered Intensive
Case Management Unit
Stalking Incident and Behavior Log (PDF | Word)
Victims are encouraged to keep a log of all stalking behaviors including e-mails and phone messages. The log, as well as any gifts or letters the stalker sends the victim, can be collected and used as evidence. The evidence will help prove what has been going on if the victim decides to report the stalking to the police or apply for a protective order.
Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Community Corrections
Developed by the Stalking Resource Center, in partnership with the American Probation and Parole Association, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, this guide provides an overview of stalking and suggestions on how to supervise probationers and parolees who engage in stalking behavior.
Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Programs
Because victims can be stalked as they come and go from the supervised visitation center, during the visitation or exchange, and in between visits, it is critical that Supervised Visitation/ Safe Exchange program staff recognize and effectively respond to stalking. This booklet will address the definition and dynamics of stalking, the intersection of stalking and domestic violence, the intersection of stalking and supervised visitation and safe exchange, safety considerations, and policies and procedures, and will also provide additional resources.
Stalking Safety Plan Guidelines
A safety plan is a combination of suggestions, plans, and responses created to help victims reduce their risk of harm. It is a tool designed in response to the victim's specific situation that evaluates what the victim is currently experiencing, incorporates the pattern of previous behavior, and examines options that will positively impact the victim's safety.
Address Confidentiality Programs
Address Confidentiality Programs were created to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes from offenders who use public records, such as voter or drivers' license registries, to locate them.
Resources From Partner Organizations
Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders
NCJ 219941, April 2008, National Institute of Justice Guide. Also see: Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: An On-the-Scene Reference for First Responders, NCJ 227050, November 2009, National Institute of Justice.
Investigations Involving the Internet and Computer Networks
NCJ 210798, January 2007, Special Report, National Institute of Justice.
Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement
NCJ 199408, April 2004, Special Report, National Institute of Justice.
Creating an Effective Stalking Protocol
Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, this publication addresses how law enforcement agencies can implement a Model Stalking Protocol for early intervention, prevention, and proactive problem solving in stalking cases. Summary. Also See: Stalking Problem Oriented Policing Guide
Domestic Violence & Stalking in a Digital Age: Information for Community Corrections Agencies and Professionals
Excerpted from Perspectives: the Journal of American Probation and Parole Association. This document was produced by the Council of State Governments/American Probation and Parole Association
Mobilizing a Community Response to Stalking: The Philadelphia Story
Featured in the January 2009 issue of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Police Chief Magazine, "Mobilizing a Community Response to Stalking:The Philadelphia Story," profiles the Philadelphia Police Department's efforts to address stalking. The Stalking Resource Center has worked extensively with the Philadelphia Police Department in the past, and collaborated with Inspector Sonia Velazquez, Former Commanding Officer of the Philadelphia Police Department Victim Services Unit to write this article.