Disclosure Details

Compensation - 264/16

Dated: 17 Mar 2016

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your e mail dated 24 February 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions 

You asked:

For each of the last five calendar years, please can you release: 

1. The number of police officers who claimed compensation for injuries at work. 

2. In each case, please release the type of injury/incident the claim referred to 

3. In each case, please release the amount of compensation paid out to the police officer. 


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Legal Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows, which has  been given in a way which avoids the use of exemptions being applied to withhold. In particular  S40 (2) would have been applicable as the claimant would be identifiable


2011 - 9

2012 - 15

2013 - 10

2014 - 5

2015 - 10



2 Dog Bite Claims

1 Chair Claim

1 Injury to Neck & Shoulder

1 Ligament Damage to Thumb

1 Anxiety & Distress

1 Soft Tissue Injury to Chest

1 Fractured Ankle

1 Injury to Head 


1 Injury to Back

1 Injury to Knee

1 Deafness

1 Fracture to Humerus

1 Injury to Neck, Shoulder, Back & Knee

1 Injury to Knee, Shoulder & Back

1 Injury to Knee

1 Injury to Chest

1 Injury to Ankle

1 Injury to Hand

1 Psychological Injuries

1 Soft Tissue Injury to Neck & Shoulder

1 Soft Tissue Injury to Calf, Shoulder, Neck & Kneecap

1 Flea Bites

1 Injury to Face & Eyes


1 Severe Haematoma

1 Soft Tissue Injury

1 Dog Bite

1 Injury to Shoulder

1 Injury to Back

1 Dermatitis

1 Psychological Injuries

1 Deafness

1 Injury to Knee, Hip & Shoulder

1 Laceration to Finger 


2 Deafness

1 Psychiatric Injuries and Burns

1 Injury to Hand

1 Injury to Back


1 Whiplash

1 Injury to Thigh

1 Injury to Mouth & Teeth

1 Injury to Foot

1 Broken Cheek Bone, Nose & Tooth

1 Burns to Neck, Back & Armpit

2 Injury to Knee

1 Soft Tissue Injury to Hand & Shoulder

1 Fractured Scaphoid Wrist


2011 - total paid £5, 618.30

2012 - total paid  £39,342.00

2013 - total paid  £10,750.00

2014 - no compensation paid out  - ongoing.

2015 - no compensation paid out  - ongoing.



Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure, attached below


If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.