Value for money
This section contains links to our reports and findings on how far police forces provide value for money. From this page, you can:
- Read about how police forces are coping with the budget cuts set out in the October 2010 spending review. Just choose ‘Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge’ from the menu to the left to find the 2013 national report and underlying data, along with reports for each force in England and Wales.
- Read ‘Private sector partnering in the police service’, a practical guide on procuring and managing private sector partnerships.
- Read about ‘Policing in austerity: One year on’, the 2012 follow-up to ‘Adapting to austerity’.
- Read our independent, professional assessment of how well each force is prepared for the financial challenges of the budget cuts over the next four years – just choose Preparedness Inspection from the menu to the left.
- Read ‘Demanding Times – The front line and police visibility’ – an HMIC report from March 2011 defining the police front line, and revealing the percentage of police available to the public.
- Download ‘Valuing the Police – Policing in an age of austerity’ – HMIC’s report from July 2010 which showed that 11 percent of the police were visibly available to the public.
- See your force’s value for money profile. HMIC gathers together data from the Home Office annual data requirement (crime and workforce data) and force satisfaction surveys, as well as Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) annual financial returns. This information is then used to create a value for money profile for each force. All force’s profiles can be found by choosing Value for money profiles from the menu to the left. To view this data in .csv format, visit our data section.