Officer in second damages claim
Published 07/04/2013 | 12:56
A police officer criticised for taking legal action against a petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb answering a 999 call is also making a claim against her own force, it has been reported.
PC Kelly Jones is taking action against Norfolk Police in relation to a patrol car crash, the Daily Mail reported.
She is understood to have been a passenger in a patrol car which skidded off the road and ended up on its side during a high-speed pursuit of a suspicious vehicle near the village of Garboldisham on January 30, 2012.
The officer is already pursuing a claim against Steve Jones, the owner of Nuns' Bridges Filling Station in Thetford, Norfolk, for failing to ensure she was "reasonably safe" when she attended a suspected break-in last August, seven months after the crash.
Norfolk Police said it could not comment on individual cases. A spokesman for Pattinson Brewer, the law firm representing her, confirmed she had suffered a knee injury in a road traffic collision while on duty and that "liability for that incident was admitted by Norfolk Police Constabulary".
Figures from the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), which represents for rank and file officers, show that almost £70 million has been paid out in settlements in the last four years to injured officers.
Norfolk's Deputy Chief Constable, Simon Bailey said today that the vast majority of officers "would never consider making a compensation claim against a victim of crime".
In a statement, he said: "We recognise and understand this particular case has generated a great deal of public concern and we ourselves have received a large amount of correspondence.
"It is clear that the incident has started a broader debate about the 'compensation culture' which exists in all walks of life. The vast majority of officers are proud of what they do and would never consider making a compensation claim against a victim of crime.
"It is important to us that this issue does not detract from the overwhelming and on-going hard work and commitment to public protection by police officers both here in Norfolk and elsewhere across the country."