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Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing

AFEP Reinvesting back into the sector

The Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing (AFEP) programme has been designed in partnership with CIPFA and driven from within the Finance and Coordinating Committee of NPCC. It is supported by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers' Society (PACCTS).

A unique reinvestment initiative from CIPFA back into the police sector

Due to the success of the award-winning Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing programme, CIPFA is delighted to be able to reinvest in strengthening financial management in the police sector. With over 75% of forces subscribing to AFEP, there are many opportunities for CIPFA to deliver ongoing support and training for police finance professionals. The vision of AFEP is to achieve financial excellence through building on national capacity and providing local support, and this reinvestment will further that aim, allowing the benefits of the programme to cascade over the long term.

As a thank you for your continued commitment and support, CIPFA has identified three areas where we can offer services beyond the initial scope of the AFEP programme.

Free PQ scholarship places | Free asset management health check | Free copy of the Management Accounting Guide to Collaboration for Police (subject matter to be agreed).

Free PQ scholarship

The PQ scholarship is a CIPFA-funded chartered qualification, available to up to 20 students nationally and including all learning materials and examinations. There will be up to 10 students welcomed within the Sept 2020 intake and up to a further 10 in April 2021.

Forces can submit multiple applications, but please be mindful that you, the employer, will be required to support each application with a letter of validation and reasons for the application.

Join the webinar on 5 June

If you have any questions or would like more information, join our 'drop in' PQ Scholarship webinar on 5 June at 12:30–13:30.

  • Click to register
  • On webinar day, 5 June, click on the link at 12:30 – 13:00 to join the session
  • Make sure your speakers and headphones are enabled.

The AFEP PQ scholarship application form and brochure can be downloaded below. The brochure details CIPFA's PQ scholarship course delivery information and the application process, along with dates and deadlines for application submission.

AFEP PQ scholarship applications must be received by the 14 June 2020 deadline.

PQ Scholarship             PQ scholarship application form

Free Asset Management health check

CIPFA Property is able to offer AFEP members a high-level structured health check for asset management within police authorities, which draws on the latest guidance and our own nationally recognised expertise. Each 'health check' is managed by the department head, Tim Reade, and carried out by one of our staff who can bring both practical experience and external comparison from working with many other public sector organisations.

The health check is aimed at reassuring police authorities that their asset management policies, structures and approaches are all they should be while helping to identify areas of weakness and actions for the future.

The health check consists of a two hour workshop and discussion with relevant key staff delving into a range of areas including:

  • Strategic asset management and governance
  • Estate management (including data management systems and approaches)
  • Development, design and construction of capital projects
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Statutory compliance
  • Soft facilities management

Next steps

If you are an AFEP member organisation and would like to:

  • Apply for a free PQ scholarship place – please return your completed PQ scholarship application form along with your CV and letter of support from your employer to nicole.burrell@cipfa.org by the 14 June 2020 deadline. Please include 'AFEP PQ Scholarship Application Form' in the email subject line.
  • Arrange a free asset management health check – please contact Tim Reade E: tim.reade@cipfa.org or T: 07920 723473

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