Police financial reserves

Police reserves each year from March 2011 to March 2017.

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 2017, PCCs held over £1.6bn 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 2017 (the latest figures available)
  • you can read the guidance the government has provided to PCCs on the more detailed information they should publish on their reserves
  • from Spring 2018, each PCC will be publishing their reserves strategies on their websites setting out their plans for their reserves and how reserves will be used to improve services to the public


  1. Police finance reserves guidance
  2. Chart of police financial reserves 2017 as a share of funding
  3. Police financial reserves: March 2017
  4. Police financial reserves: March 2016
  5. Police financial reserves: March 2015
  6. Police financial reserves: March 2014
  7. Police financial reserves: March 2013
  8. Police financial reserves: March 2012
  9. Police financial reserves: March 2011
Published 31 January 2018