The officers are using “ambulance chasing” lawyers to sue over accidents which happen whilst they are on duty – including falls and animal attacks.
There is even a hotline run by the Police Federation which is encouraging the practice. A lot of the £42million paid out in the last two years has been taxpayer funded.
The revelations come as public anger grows over the case of PC Kelly Jones, who is seeking damages from petrol station owner Steve Jones after reportedly tripping on a curb whilst attending a suspected break-in.
Mr Jones and the officer were checking the outside of the building after an alarm had gone off, when PC Jones is alleged to have fallen and injured herself.
Mr Jones has now received a letter from her solicitor claiming he is at fault after she suffered an injury to her leg and wrist and attended hospital, although she had been well enough to continue searching.
Mr Jones, 50, said he was “dismayed” to have received the letter seven months after the incident on August 25 last year.
“You call the police and expect them to be on your side. I’m sure they are normally but not in this case.”
The claim alleges the petrol station was at fault for failing to ensure Pc Jones was “reasonably safe”, making no attempt to light the area or warn her about the step.
The Police Federation confirmed it was funding the legal costs of Pc Jones and said civil claims made by officers must be treated “on their own merits”, adding that the safety of its members came second to public service.
Norfolk Constabulary said it had been unaware of the claim which it believed was “instigated privately” by the officer.
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