Police financial reserves

Police reserves each year from March 2011 to March 2018.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) can keep part of their funding in financial reserves to help manage financial risk and to fund major future costs such as change programmes aimed at improving services to the public. Usable financial reserves are split into resource and capital. Resource reserves are categorised into a general fund to cover unforeseen pressures and earmarked reserves which are each held for a specific purpose. Capital reserves are ring-fenced for capital investment.

As at March 2018, PCCs held over £1.4 billion in usable resource reserves. The public is entitled to high quality information on financial reserves:

  • these documents provide information on the level of financial reserves held by each PCC for the years 2011 to 2018 (the latest figures available)
  • the revised financial management code of practice includes guidance the government has provided to PCCs on the more detailed information they should publish on their reserves (see section 7.2.1)
  • each PCC publishes their reserves strategy on their website setting out their plan for their reserves and how the reserves will be used to improve services to the public


  1. Chart of police financial reserves 2018 as a share of funding
  2. Police financial reserves: March 2018
  3. Chart of police financial reserves 2017 as a share of funding
  4. Police financial reserves: March 2017
  5. Police financial reserves: March 2016
  6. Police financial reserves: March 2015
  7. Police financial reserves: March 2014
  8. Police financial reserves: March 2013
  9. Police financial reserves: March 2012
  10. Police financial reserves: March 2011
Published 31 January 2018
Last updated 5 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Data up to March 2018 published.
  2. First published.