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Civil Compensation Claims since 2013

Question

1. Please could you provide information on how many successful compensation claims have been won against the police force.

2. Please could you state how much compensation was paid out on each occasion that you had a case brought against you.

3. Please could this information be provided for the past 3 calendar year (2013, 2014 and 2015).

4. Could you outline the reason for the case, e.g. Been wrongfully arrested, injured due to excessive use of force, Had their rights violated by the police, Been subject to the misuse of ‘stop and search’ procedures etc.

 

Answer

You clarified that you request concerned civil claims.

We have based our response on Public Liability cases closed within each calendar year where we have paid compensation. This does not include claims closed where we have not paid an Award/Compensation. 

2013

Matter Closed 

Circumstances

May

DPA Breach

October

Stress and Anxiety caused by unlawful detention

June

Unlawful arrest/detention

December

Unlawful arrest/detention

April

False imprisonment

January

Excessive Force

June

False imprisonment

December

Excessive Force

July

Unlawful arrest/detention

November

Breach of bail/tag

November

Vehicle related

December

Unlawful arrest/detention

January

Seizure of item

December

Dog Bite

May

Assault

February

Assault, Wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

June

Assault

December

Defamation

Total 18

Total award £85,710.16

2014

Matter Closed 

Circumstances

January

Seizure of item

January

TASER

January

Unlawful arrest and detention

January

Unlawful arrest/detention

January

Unlawful arrest/detention

January

Dog bite

January

Excessive force

January

Unlawful arrest

September

Seizure of item

October

Death after police contact

March

Seizure of item

Total 11

Total award £66,050.00

2015

Matter Closed 

Circumstances

March

Excessive force

September

Defamation

January

Unlawful arrest and detention

July

DPA Breach

July

Unlawful arrest and detention

October

Unlawful arrest and detention

October

Unlawful arrest and detention

September

Seizure of item

August

Assault

August

Vehicle related

February

Defamation

February

Unlawful arrest/detention

November

Unlawful arrest/detention

March

Unlawful arrest/detention

March

DPA Breach

February

Unlawful arrest/detention

May

Excessive force

February

DPA Breach

October

False imprisonment

July

Alleged police boat was speeding

September

Unlawful arrest/detention

February

Slip/Trip

June

Death after police contact

Total 23

Total Award £267,348.68

The specific amount of each compensation payment is exempt from disclosure as the information constitutes personal information. The provision of the circumstances of the award together with the date would allow the individuals to be identified, therefore to disclose the exact amount that was awarded to them individually is exempt. We have however provided the total amount paid in the year period.

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: 1336/16.

Date of request: 31.10.16.