Police call for compensation claim not to detract from officers’ ‘hard work’

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Norfolk Police have called for a Thetford PC’s compensation claim not to detract from the ‘overwhelming and on-going hard work’ of the county’s police officers.

Pc Kelly Jones, 33, from Thetford, is taking action against Nuns Bridges Service Station after she reportedly tripped on a kerb while answering a 999 call.

In a statement issued today, Deputy Chief Constable Simon Bailey, said: “Norfolk Constabulary has no involvement in or control over private legal proceedings brought by police officers against third parties.

“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.”