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.
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."
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.
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.