“When your best isn’t good enough: a fatal ex-partner stalking case”

Ms Lieke Bootsma1, Ms Cleo Brandt1
1Netherlands Police, Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Lieke Bootsma has been working for the Dutch police for 20 years, first as an operational crime analyst and the past 12 years as an investigative psychologist. She is consulted by investigators for interview advice, behavioral investigative advice, analysis of dubious allegations and threat assessment. Threat assessment is one of her main areas of expertise. She was consulted in about 200 threatening cases. She published about ‘disturbing communications and problematic approaches to the Dutch Royal Family’ and will write an operational chapter about “risk assessment of extremists” in the second edition of the “International Handbook of Threat Assessment”. Lieke is a board-member of the AETAP, the European sister organization of APATAP.

Cleo Brandt is an investigative psychologist who worked for the Netherlands National Police from 2005 to 2020, during which time she was a member of the expert group for equivocal sexual assault allegations. Her other areas of expertise include providing behavioural investigative advice in (sexual) homicide cases, linkage analysis in sexual assault cases, threat assessment and management of stalking cases and providing interrogation advice to the police. She is one of the translators of the Stalking Risk Profile (SRP) and the Screening Assessment for Stalking and Harassment (SASH), and co-author of a practical handbook on stalking for police, prosecutors and victims. She provides workshops and training about stalking to police, victim advocates, lawyers, judges, and mental health professionals.

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