POA Toolkit



The new Police Objective Analysis (POA) Toolkit has been developed to allow for clear trend analysis over the seven-year life of the POA survey.

Powered by more than 1.5 million items of data, our tool will save you valuable analytical resource and help you to identify where you have made improvements and where you can make further efficiencies to help meet the challenges you face.




Dec 2015


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A reliable data source

Data used to drive our toolkit is sourced from the POA data collection. The POA is a management tool to enable you to make comparisons and ask the right questions. The objective analysis is robust and consistent in its approach.

The POA collects data over both objective and subjective headings. The objective headings are grouped into one of 12 areas:

  1. Local Policing
  2. Dealing with the Public
  3. Criminal Justice Arrangements
  4. Roads Policing
  5. Operational Support
  6. Intelligence
  7. Investigations
  8. Investigative Support
  9. National Policing
  10. Support Functions
  11. Police and Crime Commissioner
  12. Central costs

Information is also included on council tax, reserves and funding trends. Detailed outlier analysis will also be available in due course to allow for identification of patterns of spend that are outside the overall distribution of normal expenditure.

The questionnaire and extensive guidance notes that accompany the annual CIPFA POA survey are fully reviewed and updated each year to reflect feedback received from practitioners across the country.

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