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Introduction to the Knowledge and Skills of Police Audit Committees Day 2


Event summary

This event, delivered as two half-day webinars, provides an essential introduction to the role of the audit committees that support police and crime commissioners and chief constables.

Members of the CIPFA Police and Fire Network, the CIPFA Better Governance Forum or the AFEP Programme can use a pre-paid place to attend this webinar.


16 September 2021
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 12:40


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About this event

Who should attend?

The event is suitable for new members of police joint audit committees and for those who work closely with the committees.

How will I benefit from attending?

By the end of these webinars, you will understand:

  • the purpose of a police audit committee and how it is held accountable
  • governance arrangements of local policing bodies and their relationships to the audit committee
  • key roles and responsibilities an audit committee fulfils
  • how an audit committee can be chaired effectively and the importance of good support for its effective working
  • working with your internal and external auditors, including understanding audit reports
  • approaches to questioning, challenging and supporting staff and auditors.

CPD hours



  • Audit
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / Internal audit
  • / Police

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

Speaker - Diana Melville, Governance Advisor, Better Governance Forum (BGF)

Diana is the lead advisor for the CIPFA Better Governance Forum and is CIPFA’s representative on the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board. She is a CIPFA qualified accountant and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Prior to joining CIPFA in 2008 she was head of internal audit at Salisbury Council and held other audit roles in local government and at the National Audit Office.