Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing II

Launched in 2019, the award-winning AFEP programme was designed in partnership with CIPFA, driven from within the Finance and Coordinating Committee of the NPCC, and supported by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers Society (PACCTS). Spanning a two-year licence, the second programme iteration received endorsement by our partners. AFEP II commenced in April 2021.

The AFEP programme supports achieving and sustaining finance excellence in policing, building on national capacity and providing local support. CIPFA is committed to supporting and facilitating national collaboration for force and PCC finance teams across the UK, to support reform and shape exemplary financial health throughout the sector.

Together with our sector stakeholders, we explore the needs, wants and aspirations of today's modern forces to achieve the vision of an evidence-based and fully collaborative police finance service.

The programme is for sector individuals with responsibility for any aspect of financial management service delivery, budget management, policy decision making, and delivery of financial best practice.


"The AFEP programme has enabled both my finance team and myself personally to access a range of professional support. The CFO retreats hosted to date have been a huge success with many inspirational speakers sharing insights, perspective and even highly technical thought pieces and scenarios.

"My senior finance team are really keen to take full advantage of the FLA and Leadership Development cohorts, the wider team also in terms of the variety of 'pick and mix' subjects. I'm personally very much looking forward to the CFO workshop sessions as this format is new to the programme and builds on the engaging sessions we enjoyed in AFEP 1.

"CIPFA have provided fantastic support across the Policing sector even funding for PQ scholarships. The array of training opportunities within AFEP II not only provides great CPD but also facilitate essential networking opportunities to build relationships with others in similar roles from other Forces and PCCs."

Neil Chamberlain
Director of Commercial Services at West Midlands Police

"The City of London Police signed up to the AFEP programme in 2019, and the FMCR was completed in January 2020.  The FMCR report has provided an invaluable tool to implement improvements in financial control and financial management across the Force. Progress against a detailed Action Plan for improvement is reported to members regularly. The AFEP also provided an Asset Management Review, which was very helpful in relation to our unique asset management arrangements in the City.

"CIPFA will continue to support us through the journey to improve our financial capability in a range of areas, working closely with the Police Authority. We secured a fully funded AFEP scholarship place in 2021 and have signed up to AFEP II."

Cecilie Booth
Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer, City of London Police

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John O'Halloran
John O'Halloran
Head of Consultancy Services

John is a highly experienced business manager and management consultant with over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, now leading CIPFA's advisory practice. Recently John has helped shape and drive a major cost reduction UK wide programme for police sector, Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing.

He has acted as the commercial adviser to numerous forces including the Met Police on their successful outsourcing of their back office functions and also was a key part of the team responsible for the development of their commercial strategy to 2020. John has also worked for large civil service departments and every type of local authority in the UK.

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