Introduction to Police Finance


Event summary

This event can be customised and delivered at your offices at a discounted rate. Please contact Alison Dewhirst for further information at This course will provide delegates with a solid understanding of the complex structure and functions of the police finance system, including an understanding of the principles underpinning local government budgeting, financial reporting and governance for police and the impact of the police reform agenda and collaboration.


19 April 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:50


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
E1 8AN
[See map]

Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£295.00 excl VAT

*online booking for this event has closed. Bookings can now be made by phoning 020 7543 5892.

About this event

Who should attend

All those new to working in police, including those who are new to finance as a whole and those with finance experience from outside the sector who wish to gain an overview of how police finance works.


By attending this course you will be provided with an understanding and awareness of:

  • the legislative framework for the current police arrangements
  • police funding in England and Wales
  • the statutory requirements for preparation of local authority and police accounts
  • audit arrangements and the role of the audit committee
  • budgeting and estimating processes
  • the principles of accounting for capital, assets and links to treasury management
  • the definition of joint control and accounting for collaborative arrangements.


  • Accounting
  • / Audit
  • / Capital finance
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / Police
  • / Risk management
  • / Shared services
  • / Treasury management

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Speaker - Alison Dewhirst, Police Advisor, Police Network

Alison Dewhirst

Alison has worked in and for policing for over twenty years since her first days as a researcher for City of London Police and has experienced an incredible amount of change in the sector over that time. Alison runs the CIPFA Police and Fire Network, running events and writing publications. She contributes to the CIPFA Police Panel and works closely with CIPFA policy and technical colleagues on police accounting issues.

Speaker - David Ellis

David Ellis

David joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30-year career in local government, spending several years as chief accountant with key responsibilities for the statement of accounts. E:, T: 01502 584395.