Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance
The police datasets are designed to help drive better financial management and decision making across a police force. Through current comparative data and the provision of a broad range of analytical and diagnostic capacity, these datasets can help forces deliver and demonstrate value for money. At CIPFA we produce three Police CIPFAstats products. These are the Police Objective Analysis Estimates and two summary police statistics called the Police Actuals and Police Estimates statistics.
The Police Objective Analysis (POA) Estimates statistics is one of the largest datasets we collect. It was developed to support the need for understandable, accurate and consistent information to allow internal and inter-force comparisons.
We examine data over both objective and subjective headings. The objective headings are grouped into one of 13 areas, which include local policing, intelligence, investigations and more. Information is also included on council tax, reserves and funding trends. Detailed outlier analysis is also conducted to identify patterns of spend that are outside the overall distribution of normal expenditure. The questionnaire and extensive guidance notes that accompany the annual CIPFA survey are fully reviewed and updated each year to reflect any feedback received from a technical group of practitioners across the country.
The Police Actuals and Police Estimates questionnaires are summary questionnaires of the POA. In these, we collect figures recorded from the current year and forecasted figures.
The Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing (AFEP) Programme was created in 2019 with a desire to combine existing POA financial data with available performance, demand and outcome data. 12 pieces of analytical data and benchmarking exercises were to be created. The dashboards for Business Enablers, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Training, Mental Health, Capital Expenditure, Front Desk and Central Communications Unit have so far been completed. The aim of the programme is to enhance financial and performance data within the police sector and to dive deeper into the POA.
The new POA dashboard consists of multiple interactive visualisations that illustrate police force expenditure and their Full Time Equivalent (FTE) across all 13 areas. The interactive ability of the dashboard means that forces can now drilldown into expenditure to explore their components and draw comparisons to ask the important questions regarding police authority expenditure. Analysis of expenditure in comparison to their peers over a five-year period can now be easily achieved as well as exploring the % change from previous years.
A comprehensive and easily digestible overview of accurate, understandable, consistent and interactive datasets across all FTE areas allowing for easy comparative analysis.
Helping you to achieve excellence by understanding the contribution of key Business Enablers within your police service.
As part of the AFEP programme, this topic on ICT was based on the Support Function section of the POA survey. Staff numbers and employee costs were collected across six areas of ICT. A non-qualitative section was also included in the survey to enable forces to give a rating on their force’s ICT control room, capabilities, risk and governance. The top three areas of ICT were selected for the dashboard, General ICT, ICT Development and Digital Policing, focusing on total net revenue expenditure per FTE/population.
Gives you an understanding of your ICT current functioning and expenditure with a focus on risk and governance so you can strategise for long-term positive development.
Provides you with the opportunity to analyse training capabilities and expenditures, establishing future demand and skills needs.
An interactive, visual comparative analysis of the challenges faced by police authorities in dealing with mental health within your service.
Detailed and insightful comparative analysis of CapEx and financing taken from various official sources.
A visual tool to explore the effectiveness of your police force’s spend and the public's perception of the efficiencies, effectiveness, communication methods and overarching confidence in their local police force.
An interactive and visual comparison tool enabling you to compare yourself against other force’s, applying a number of relevant metrics.
Upcoming AFEP dashboards include: