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Police Employee Personal Injury Claims in 2016/17

Question

1. For the last financial year 2016/2017 how much money was paid to officers and civilian staff of your force as compensation for personal injuries after they brought or threatened legal action against your force? (If possible please EXCLUDE the legal fees that may have been paid in these cases so that the answer is just the compensation received by the injured parties).

2. How many individual claims did this represent?

3. For all payments in excess of £5,000 that were paid please state (i) the amount of compensation, (ii) the cost to the force of the legal fees associated with the case, (iii) if the employee was an officer, a PCSO or a member of civilian staff and (iv) a one sentence description of the nature of the claim.

Note this question relates to compensation claims paid in 2016/2017 irrespective of when the actual injury incident took place, or when the claim was lodged.

Answer

For the financial Year 2016/2017, a total of £41,439.00 was paid to officers and staff in compensation for personal injuries. This figure represents seven individual claims.

With regard to the information requested in question 3, I am unable to provide the figures for each case, whether the individual was an officer or staff and a description of the nature of the claim as it constitutes personal information. The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

FOI reference: 744/17.

Date of request: 13.06.17.