A police officer received $10,000 as compensation because he can no longer enjoy gardening, visiting flea markets and collecting carnival glass.

Another officer was awarded $1,000 after a suspect bit his arm but not hard enough to break the skin.

A provincial fund that compensates civilians victimized by violent crime is routinely and increasingly paying “pain and suffering” cash awards to police officers who suffer minor injuries on the job. Workplace insurance already compensates these injured officers.

A Torstar News Service investigation has found that since 2005, more than 400 officers and prison guards across Ontario received a total of $1.5 million from the taxpayer-funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB).

The forerunner of the current law, the 1967 Law Enforcement Compensation Act was meant to compensate civilians injured while assisting police.

Over the years the law changed and has become widely known as a fund for civilian victims of violent crime who lose wages or suffer out-of-pocket expenses. It is now the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act — which any police officer can apply for.