370B. Applications for orders

A chief officer of police may apply to a magistrates' court for an order (a 'stalking protection order') in respect of a person (the 'defendant') if it appears to the chief officer that (1) the defendant has carried out acts associated with stalking, (2) the defendant poses a risk associated with stalking to another person, and (3) there is reasonable cause to believe the proposed order is necessary to protect another person from such a risk (whether or not the other person was the victim of the acts mentioned in head (1)): Stalking Protection Act 2019 s 1(1). 'Chief