Open and Transparent Quality Mark 2016/17 and 2017/18

Scrutinising how police money is spent

The PCC receives a government grant and council tax contributions to create a total income. For 2018/19 that income was £293.5 million. 39% of that funding was raised by council tax and 61% was awarded by the Government.

A breakdown of how the budget was spent is:

85.6 % police officers and staff
11.7 %  other police operational costs
1.0 % investment costs
1.2% commissioned services (more about this here)    
0.5% office of the police and crime commissioner (The PCC’s office costs £1.5 million per year. The police authority which was the previous organisation that held the police to account before the introduction of PCC’s yearly cost was £1,598,000 for 2010/11). 


The PCC scrutinises how police funding is being spent at a meeting called Resources Board.

The PCC’s budget and proposal for what the precept should be (the element of council tax that funds policing and community safety) are scrutinised by the Police and Crime Panel. The panel usually scrutinise this information in February of each year.

You can find our statements of accounts and more details about what we spend on our website.