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Officers disciplined after death of Aylesbury woman

The IOPC investigated their actions after Lucy Sessions passed away.

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:19pm 31st January 2020. 3-minute read.

Officers disciplined after death of Aylesbury woman

After a woman died in Aylesbury two and a half years ago, two police officers have been given 'management action' over misconduct.

The pair were called out to Lucy Session's home after she'd made repeated threats to take her own life in the summer of 2017.

When they got there, they thought they could hear snoring so left but came back four hours later and the snoring had stopped.

However they didn't have the right kit to get in and had to go back to the police station to get it and this is what they have been disciplined over.

Sadly, the 22-year-old passed away at the scene, but a coroner has said her cause of death can't be determined.

The investigation

After a referral from Thames Valley Police, the IOPC began their independent investigation, interviewed the officers and assessed their actions and decisions regarding Ms Sessions.

Investigators also interviewed witnesses to the incident as well as analysed radio communication between force control room staff and officers involved in the incident.

They completed investigations by August 2018 and found both officers had a case to answer for misconduct and Thames Valley Police agreed with the recommendations that the officers should face misconduct meetings.

  • The first officer was found to have committed misconduct for failing to ensure they had the correct equipment ready to gain entry when they re-attended Ms Session's home.
  • The second was found to have committed misconduct for failing to prompt the other officer to ensure they had the correct equipment to gain entry to Ms Session's home.

They both received management action from the force.

IOPC Regional Director Sarah Green, said:

"Our thoughts remain with Lucy Sessions' family and those who knew her.

"Our investigation, the subsequent independent misconduct meetings and the inquest proceedings gave a clear insight as to what happened that day. The actions of some of the officers and staff involved fell below the standard expected.

"Thames Valley Police now makes enforcers readily available at Aylesbury police station."

An inquest into Ms Sessions' death was held at Aylesbury on 29 January 2020 and delivered a narrative conclusion.

The cause of her death could not be conclusively explained.

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