The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for agreeing the budget for Surrey Police and overseeing how it is spent.
As well as receiving funding from Government grants, the Commissioner is also responsible for setting the amount of money you will pay for policing as part of your annual council tax bill.
Police funding and the financial arrangements for public bodies are by their nature complicated subjects and the Commissioner has a wide range of responsibilities in terms of how it sets the budget, monitors spending, maximises value for money and reports its financial performance.
Surrey Police budget
The Commissioner agrees the annual budget for Surrey Police in February each year. The budget proposals, which take months of careful financial planning and deliberation to prepare, are scrutinised by the Police and Crime Panel before a final decision is made.
- View the 2022/23 Precept Proposal and OPCC budget for 2022/23
- View the Results of the Commissioner’s public Council Tax Consultation
- Read the Formal outcome letter from Surrey’s Police and Crime Panel
- Read the Letter of reply from Commissioner Lisa Townsend
Medium Term Financial Plan
The Medium Term Financial Plan sets out the potential financial challenges Surrey Police may face over the next 3 years. Although there is significant uncertainty in respect of Government Funding, increases in costs, demand etc. it is likely that further efficiencies will need to be delivered if services are to be maintained.
Financial statements and letters for year ending 31 March 2022
The Statement of Accounts sets out in detail the financial position of Surrey Police and its financial performance over the past year. They are prepared in line with strict guidelines on financial reporting, and are published annually.
An audit is carried out each year to make sure that Surrey Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are making good use of public money and that they have the right Governance arrangements in place to ensure that this happens.
Financial statements for 2021/22
- Surrey Chief Constable Draft Statement of Accounts 2021/22
- Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Draft Group Statement of Accounts 2021/22
- Public Notice of Inspection 2022
You can see the final audited accounts for the previous year 2020/21 below:
We ensure we are getting value for money from all of our spending through our Contracts Standing Orders, which set out the conditions which have to be applied to all spending decisions made by the OPCCS and Surrey Police.
You can browse through records of all spending over £500 by Surrey Police via the Spotlight on Spend website.
CLICK HERE for information about Surrey Police fees and charges for the supply of goods and services.
Contracts and Tenders
Surrey and Sussex Police now collaborate on procurement. You can find out more about Surrey Police’s contracts and tenders via our joint Bluelight Procurement Portal
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has financial management policies in place to ensure that public money is used lawfully and in the public interest.
Financial regulations provide the framework for managing the financial affairs of Surrey Police. They apply to the Commissioner and anyone acting on their behalf.
The regulations identify the financial responsibilities of the Commissioner. Chief Constable, Treasurer, Director of Finance & Services and budget holders and provide clarity about their financial accountabilities.
You can read the OPCC Financial Regulations here.
Investment Strategy: Treasury Management Reports
Treasury Management is defined as the management of an organisation’s investments and cash flows, its banking, money market and capital market transactions.
Click the links below to view each document:
See the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Capital Strategy for the previous year below:
CLICK HERE for a list of the assets owned by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey
The Office of the PCC has a separate budget to Surrey Police. The majority of this budget is used to commission key services in addition to those provided by Surrey Police, in support of the Police and Crime Plan. This includes funding for specialist support for victims of crime, for community safety projects and for reducing re-offending initiatives.
The budget for the Office for 2022/23 has been set at £3,005, 234, totalling £4,646,200 including Government grants and OPCC reserve. This is split between an operational budget of £1,453,484 and a commissioned services budget of £3,192, 716
See more information about the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Budget for 2022/23 here, or view the OPCC Budget for 2021/22 and Budget Breakdown from 2021/22 here.
Allowance schemes 2021-22
The following allowance schemes relate to the activities of groups or individuals managed by the Office of the PCC:
– Allowance Scheme 2021-22: Independent Custody Visitors
– Allowance Scheme 2021-22: Joint Audit Committee
– Allowance Scheme 2021-22: Independent Members of Misconduct Panels
– Allowance Scheme 2021-22: Legally Qualified Chair and Independent Members of Misconduct Panels and Police Appeal Tribunals
Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner, and Surrey Police Joint Audit Committee Members
Under the current governance arrangements for policing, Surrey Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner require a Joint Audit Committee to provide independent and effective assurance about the adequacy of financial management and reporting. The Committee will help to raise the profile of internal control, risk management and financial reporting issues within Surrey Police and provide a forum for discussion with internal and external auditors.
The Committee comprises six independent members. View the Committee’s Terms of Reference
To view the agendas, minutes and papers for the Joint Audit Committee, visit our ‘Meetings and Agendas’ page.
Paul Brown – Chairman of the Audit Committee
Paul has nearly 40 years of international experience working for blue chip companies including BOC, AMEC, KBR and AEA. For most of the last 20 years he has held board level positions and has had responsibility for leading major transformation programmes in the public and private sectors. In the last 12 years, Paul has obtained important public sector roles including Operations Director for the Forensic Science Service and Chief Operating Officer for the Office for Nuclear Regulation. Paul is currently senior advisor to a number of organisations and brings a wide range of operational and transformation management experiences to the committee with a particular interest in performance management and people development. Paul is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. View Paul’s disclosable interests