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Police and Fire Network

Welcome to the Police and Fire Network – briefing and advising police forces, offices of police and crime commissioners and fire and rescue authorities.

Your advisor, Alison Dewhirst, works closely with the Home Office, HMICFRS, National Audit Office, NPCC Finance and Resources Committee, Police and Crime Commissioners' Treasurers' Society and the Fire Finance Network on strategic policing and fire and rescue related issues. These include police and fire reform, financial and accounting developments and corporate transformation issues to keep you at the forefront of police and fire legislation, policy, current issues and anticipated future developments.

The network also has close links to CIPFA's Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing Programme, launched in April 2019, and CIPFA's Police and Fire Panel, which oversees the governance of the programme.

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You can download the network's event planner and service plan. You can also read all of the horizon scanning briefing notes.

Have you joined the conversation yet in CIPFA's lively discussion forums? You can support your peers and pose your own questions.

And finally, a reminder for anyone who may need support. CIPFA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is available to you and anyone in your personal or workplace networks. The hub brings together information and support on a wide range of topics. Access is free of charge, anonymous and there’s no need to register.

Meet your advisor

Alison Dewhirst, Police Advisor, Police Network | LinkedIn Profile

Alison Dewhirst, Police Advisor, Police Network

Alison has worked in and for policing for over 25 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. She runs the CIPFA Police and Fire Network, running events and writing publications. Alison also manages the CIPFA Police and Fire Panel and oversees the coordination of its sub-groups.

She works closely with colleagues in the CIPFA Policy and Technical team, the Networks team and across CIPFA on a whole range of finance and governance related issues affecting police and fire services.

Email: alison.dewhirst@cipfa.org, Tel: 07769 673927

What's going on in your network

Network essentials

A comprehensive directory of Introduction to... workshops for local government practitioners, our essentials modules are offered through CIPFA's various advisory networks and are therefore available at many locations and dates throughout the year.

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