Police officers to make trauma claim

Amid all the claims against the state for stress and damage through the course of the troubles, are 5000 serving and former police officers who have decided to take the state to the High Court for trauma arising from 30 years of what was at times gruesome terrorist atrocities. The hearing will focus on twelve demonstration cases to focus the court’s attention on the nature of some of the cases. The cases are concentrated on the period from the late 1970’s onward, when RUC chiefs would have been aware of the risks and dangers of policing in ‘sub war’ conditions. PA quotes a spokesman:

A legal case cannot remake lives. All that a court can order in this kind of case is financial compensation, and for many of those in the cohort, there is a real need for compensation and financial support, despite all the pensions and other existing arrangements. This case is not about police officers complaining about trivial things. It is about people with real problems, in some cases suffering from serious and incapacitating psychiatric illness as a consequence of years of relentless and repeated exposure to horror, hatred, violence and death. They were exposed to those things in order to protect us.

  • Bogexile

    This is an interesting case. Instinctively I have every sympathy with this claim. However, our working culture is sliding into a risk averse mentality where public services are sometimes paralysed by risk management out of all proportion to the actual incidence of risk.

    I can’t imagime what psychological damage was dome to men and women in the RUC who witnessed such relentless horrors. They deserve our sympathy and support.

    Yet I’m uncomfortable with this approach. What about the prison officers, firemen, ambulance drivers, civilian searchers and other public servants who held the line and prevented NI from the republican goal of making it ungovernable at often great personal distress. What about civilans?

  • stu


    Those were my thoughts exactly.

  • Butterknife

    Like Bogexile i too see this as an interesting case. One can argue that the pay etc reflected the risks that where taken by the RUC GC: it is just and moral that physical injury is compensated for if it is unreasonable but should mental injury?

  • Patrick P.

    Considering many of these RUC officers were involved themselves in slaughtering the innocents, the whole thing is a trifle ludicrous.

  • Ian Parsley

    I wonder can members of the republican movement sue the gov for trauma they received at their hands. Also if a Guy was on active service and his fellow soilder shot could he sue ?
    Cross Community and all that

  • Can I sue for the trauma of having been brought into such close proximity of the Kingdom of the Trolls?

  • Bogexile

    Beowulf: Trolls? Who they? What have I missed?

  • Daisy

    Didn’t they get paid enough when they were working? Didn’t they get lots of danger money? Didn’t they know the dangers when they signed up for the job? Woosies.

  • barnshee

    The realatives of a murder gang who got their just reward at Loughgall got I believe £10,000 each. Money appears to be there -fair play to the cops sue—the bastards until they squeek