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Effective Governance Of Police Collaboration


Event summary

CIPFA’s Effective Governance of Police Collaboration publication is due to be published in late June. This webinar will share the key findings of the publication while it is still hot off the press.

Members of the CIPFA Police and Fire Network or the AFEP Programme can use a prepaid place to attend this webinar.


30 September 2021
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 12:50

Standard price

£200.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£175.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Alison Dewhirst, CIPFA's police advisor, will share the key findings of the publication including:

  • an overview of the nature of collaboration across police forces and policing bodies
  • the importance of being clear about purpose when establishing collaborations
  • things to consider for getting the right arrangements in place within collaborations
  • the value of measuring and monitoring performance in achieving the collaboration's purpose
  • ideas for thinking to the future for more and better collaboration

We will also hear from two of the case studies on collaborative arrangements in policing:

  • Iain McCulloch, CFO for the PCC for Sussex, and Kelvin Menon, CFO for the PCC for Surrey, will share their experiences of the Surrey/Sussex Strategic Alliance
  • John Bloomer, CFO for Staffordshire Police, will share the experience of collaborating with fire and rescue within a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner governance arrangement

Who should attend?

This event is exclusively for those working in police forces, OPCCs and fire and rescue services in the UK. It is specifically aimed at Chief Financial Officers of PCCs, chief constables and fire and rescue authorities/services and their teams, other members of the senior leadership teams and those involved in strategic development and collaborative arrangements.

How will you benefit?

Attendees will benefit from:

  • learning the identifying aspects of governance that need to be considered when entering into police collaboration arrangements, once they are up and running and when things go wrong
  • hearing from two case studies of collaborative arrangements within the sector on their experiences and advice
  • learning top tips for success and pitfalls to avoid
  • discussing the issues with colleagues from across the police and fire sectors


  • Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Governance
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Police
  • / Shared services
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - 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:, Tel: 07769 673927