summary of the developments in police finance events – september 2013


The CIPFA Police Network held two events on police finance issues around the time that Police and Crime Commissioners’ (PCC’s) and chief constables’ accounts were being approved by their auditors, and as a follow-up to our police accounting events earlier in the year.

In the morning, we covered the latest developments in police finance and new approaches to the budgeting process.

In the afternoon, we focused on the approaches taken for the first year of producing accounts for the PCC, chief constable and group accounts.

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More about the sessions

Our sessions included:

  • CIPFA’s technical update on strategic policing issues from Alison Dewhirst and technical finance issues from David Ellis
  • latest developments in police finance by Eleanor Cannell, Head of the Police Funding Policy Team of the Home Office
  • a new approach to budgeting and how finance practitioners can add value to the process by Stephen Quint, Reporting Manager (G4S) at Lincolnshire Police
  • An update from Joy Lincoln of the Metropolitan Police Service on their approach to the accounts for 2012/13
  • Presentations from Jeff Carruthers of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police and Mark Reeves of West Yorkshire on their approach to the accounts for 2012/13
  • A discussion on the outstanding issues from stage 1 and emerging issues for stage 2.

Since the events, the issues raised have been discussed at CIPFA’s Police Panel and are also being forwarded to the lead for stage 2 finance issues for the National Finance and Resources Business Area. I would like to thank all of the speakers and delegates for their contribution to the events.