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Conclusions of the IPCC investigation into police contact with Sabeen Thandi

The IPCC launched an independent investigation in 2013 into previous police contact by the Metropolitan Police (MPS) and Hertfordshire Constabulary with Sabeen Thandi prior to her murder.

The IPCC report concluded:

  • there had been a breakdown in MPS processes;
  • MPS officers dealing with her case lacked appropriate training; and
  • quality assurance of MPS investigations was sporadic and at the individual discretion of the supervisor

The IPCC recommended a number of measures that could be taken to improve procedures including better supervision of inexperienced officers and reviews of staffing levels within specialist units to improve the quality of investigations. These have been accepted by the MPS.

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said:

“The IPCC’s investigation found a catalogue of flaws in how the Metropolitan Police handled their contact with Sabeen Thandi prior to her tragic murder by her husband Mohammed Badiuzzaman. My thoughts and sympathies at this time are with her family and friends.

“I am pleased to see that the police have accepted the findings of our report and have made the recommended changes to their policies and procedures. While we will never know if a different police response would have saved Sabeen’s life I hope these changes will lessen the chances of this happening in the future.”

As a result of the investigation, two PCs from the MPS’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command attended a meeting to discuss the case and points of learning.

A DI from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command received management action under the MPS's unsatisfactory performance procedures.

The IPCC also recommended a call operator and a DC based on Newham borough both face misconduct proceedings.

The investigation identified no learning for Hertfordshire police but did recommend misconduct for a custody sergeant in relation to custody issues. This was accepted by Hertfordshire police but the sergeant retired prior to the completion of the investigation so received no disciplinary sanction but has been placed on the national police register at the College of Policing.

Due to the nature of the content of the report and the adverse impact it would have on Ms Thandi’s family, it is not being considered for publication


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