The claim is just one of a catalogue made by police staff in Nottinghamshire the last five years. In total the force has paid out £446,999 to injured officers and civilian workers.
Figures show that 43 successful claims were entered between 2007 and 2012. Other payouts included £16,610 to an officer who was hurt tripping over blankets while catching a criminal and £18,400 to an employee who fell off a chair and injured their back.
Fifty pounds was also paid to a staff member who fell over debris and ruined their shoes, while £4,450 went to a worker who slipped on an empty bottle in a car park.
The figures were published by the force in response to a Freedom of Information Act request but they do not reveal the extent of the injuries in each case.
Mark Spencer, Conservative MP for Sherwood, where the headquarters of Notts Police is based, said: “We have lost the plot in terms of what we think it is acceptable to claim for.”
But Phil Matthews, chairman of the Notts branch of the Police Federation, defended the right of officers to make claims.
He said: “There are more to all of these claims than are in the document. You do not get thousands of pounds because you have tripped over something – you get it because you have suffered a serious injury.”
Malcolm Turner, police deputy head of legal services said: “While some incidents may apparently seem to be trivial, the consequences which might flow from them can, on occasion, be very significant.”
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