MORE than £72,000 in compensation has been issued to staff at Essex Police who have lodged claims against their own force.

Officers who were attacked by dogs, shot during a terrorist training exercise and left with post traumatic stress disorder after responding to the death of a toddler are among more than 1,900 police employees to have lodged compensation claims across the UK.

Data has been collated from responses to a Freedom of Information request submitted to 44 police forces by Newsquest’s Data Investigations Unit.

The forces were asked to provide figures relating to amounts paid and claims lodged between 2015 and September 2019.

Essex Police revealed the total amount awarded during this time was £72,488.

The force has dealt with 46 claims, 13 of which are still active. It has cost the force more than £81,000 in legal fees to deal with the cases.

The force was not able to provide details of individual cases.