Introduction to Police Finance Webinar


Event summary

This course will provide delegates with a solid understanding of the complex structure and functions of the police finance system, including an understanding of the principles underpinning local government budgeting, financial reporting and governance for police and finance issues relating to collaboration.

Please note we are currently reviewing our events due to COVID-19. Click here to read CIPFA’s latest COVID-19 statement.


22 April 2020
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:50


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Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£295.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend?

All those new to working in police, including those who are new to finance as a whole and those with finance experience from outside the sector who wish to gain an overview of how police finance works.


By attending this course you will be provided with an understanding and awareness of:

  • the legislative framework for the current police arrangements
  • police funding in England and Wales
  • the statutory requirements for preparation of local authority and police accounts
  • audit arrangements and the role of the audit committee
  • budgeting and estimating processes
  • the principles of accounting for capital, assets and links to treasury management
  • the definition of joint control and accounting for collaborative arrangements.


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

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Speaker - Alison Dewhirst, Police Advisor, Police Network

Alison Dewhirst

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. Alison runs the CIPFA Police and Fire Network, running events and writing publications. She manages the CIPFA Police and Fire Panel and oversees the coordination of its sub-groups. Alison 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. E:, T: 01904 675587.

Speaker - David Ellis

David Ellis

David joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30-year career in local government, spending several years as Chief Accountant with key responsibilities for the statement of accounts. E:, T: 01502 584395.