Cop compensation claims review

Theresa May will today order Home Office officials to look into the the extent of compensation claims made by police officers. It follows a series of stories about police officers suing individuals for accidents which occurred in the course of duty.

Police compensation claims from victims 'inappropriate'

Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police Mike Cunningham has said that it is, "wholly inappropriate that police officers claim compensation against victims of crime."

He told ITV Daybreak that while there could be times when police officers injured on duty should have access to the criminal compensation scheme, "we need to understand the differences in the claims officers are making."

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PC Kelly Jones has started legal action against a Norfolk petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb while attending a suspected break-in.

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Police Federation: Officers should have protection

A Police Federation spokesperson has responded to calls for a review on the compensation claims made by officers who are injured on duty.

They said the role of a police officer carries a "significant risk of injury", but that officers should have the same protection of any "member of the public" who suffers an injury at work.

PFEW has a duty to represent injured officers in any way it can, which includes providing details of a service that allows members access to legal advice on personal injury claims.

Many officers find themselves unable to work through injury and will often pay for their own medical treatment so they can back into service as quickly as possible. Like any other employee, they should have the opportunity to recoup any loss of earnings, and the current system represents the only way of doing so.

– Police Federation spokesperson

May to call for police compensation claims review

Home Secretary Theresa May will today order Home Officials to look into the the extent of compensation claims made by police officers.

It follows a series of stories in the newspapers about police officers suing individuals for accidents which occurred in the course of duty.

Home Secretary Theresa May Credit: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

Yesterday, the Sunday Times (£) reported that in the last 4 years more than 8,000 officers have successfully claimed compensation worth almost £70 million.

The figures appeared after a row prompted by WPC Kelly Jones of Norfolk Police, who is suing a garage owner after she fell on a curb while investigating a break in at his premises.

Read: Second claim for kerb fall PC