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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."
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.
Home Secretary Theresa May will today call for a review into compensation claims made by police officers.
Trevor Sterling has represented police personnel in compensation cases, he told Daybreak that "the fact that [police] are more likely to be put at risk, should not mean that they are entitled to less 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.
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.
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.