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Financial stewardship and audit

Financial regulations

Financial regulations and contract standing orders are drawn up in such a way as to ensure that the financial affairs of the police and crime commissioner (PCC) and the chief constable are conducted properly and in compliance with all necessary requirements. They also seek to reinforce the standards of conduct in public life required by the PCC, the chief constable, police officers, police staff and staff within the Office of the PCC and in particular the need for openness, accountability and integrity. The regulations are designed to establish financial responsibilities, to confer duties, rights and powers upon the PCC, the chief constable and their officers and staff and to provide clarity about the financial accountabilities of groups or individuals and anyone acting on their behalf. They reflect the application of best practice and the requirements of legislation.

Financial statement of accounts

The statement of accounts is published by the OPCC. It reports the income and expenditure on service provision for the year and the value of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s assets and liabilities at the end of the financial year. This is done in accordance with proper accounting practices as defined in the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom (the code). The statement of account is available in the What We Spend section of this website.

The statement of account is audited by the external auditor. The external auditor for the police and crime commissioner and the chief constable is Grant Thornton who were appointed by the Audit Commission.

Audit opinion On completion of the audit of the financial statements, the external auditor must give his/her opinion on the financial statements, including:

  • whether they give a true and fair view of the financial position of the audited body and its spending and income for the year in question; and
  • whether they have been prepared properly, following the relevant accounting rules.

Opinion If the auditor agrees that the financial statements give a true and fair view, an unqualified opinion is issued. A qualified opinion is issued if:

  • the statements do not give a true and fair view; or
  • confirmation that the statements give a true and fair view cannot be given.

Value for money conclusion This is the auditor’s conclusion on whether the audited body has put in place proper arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources based on criteria specified by the Audit Commission. If the auditor finds that the audited body has adequate arrangements, an unqualified conclusion is issued. If the arrangements are inadequate and qualified conclusion is issued.

Annual governance statement

Governance is about how local government bodies ensure that they are doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable manner. It comprises the systems and processes, cultures and values, by which local government bodies are directed and controlled and through which they account to, engage with and where appropriate, lead their communities. The annual governance statement is a public report by the elected local policing body (the PCC) on the extent to which it complies with its own local governance code, including how it has monitored the effectiveness of its governance arrangements in the year, and on any planned changes in the coming period. It can be found as part of the statement of accounts.

Annual audit letters

The annual audit letter is published by the appointed external auditor. Their purpose is to communicate to the OPCC and key external stakeholders, including members of the public, the key issues arising from the external auditors’ work, which the auditors consider should be brought to the attention of the OPCC. The annual audit letter covers the work carried out by auditors since the previous annual audit letter was issued.

Annual audit letters issued before November 2012 can be found on the archived police authority website.

Annual Audit Letter 2012-13

Annual Audit Letter 2013-14

Annual Audit Letter 2014-15

Annual Audit Letter 2015-16



    Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

  Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 Reg. 10

NOTICE is given that the Auditor has confirmed that he has now completed the audit of the accounts of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and the accounts of the Chief Constable for Devon & Cornwall for the year ended 31st March 2016.

The unqualified opinion on the accounts and the audit certificate were issued by the Auditor on the 29 September 2016.  On the same date, an unqualified conclusion on the Authority’s arrangements for securing value for money as required by the Audit Commission’s Code of Practice was also issued.

Copies of the audited Statement of Accounts for both bodies  are available for inspection at the offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner ; arrangements to inspect should be made initially to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner offices (01392 225555).

The Statement of Accounts are available on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Website at

and the Chief Constables website at

A wide range of information about the performance of the Force and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner  is also available on the respective websites.

Andrew White                                                                                                                                   

Chief Executive

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alderson Drive, Exeter, EX2 7RP.


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