Written statement to Parliament

Financial management code of practice for the police

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Written ministerial statement by the Home Secretary on a revised financial management code of practice for the police.

I am today presenting to Parliament a revised Financial Management Code of Practice for the police service in England and Wales to reflect the government’s reform of policing through the introduction of police and crime commissioners.

The code provides clarity around the financial governance arrangements within the police service in England and Wales and builds on the policing protocol issued by means of the Policing Protocol Order 2011. Copies of the code of practice are available from the Vote Office.

This code is issued under section 17 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and section 39A of the Police Act 1996, which permit the Secretary of State to issue codes of practice to Police and Crime Commissioners (‘PCCs’) and the Mayor’s office for policing and crime (‘MOPC’), chief constables and the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. As set out in section 17(4) of the 2011 Act and section 39A(7) of the 1996 Act, PCCs, the MOPC, chief constables and the Metropolitan Police commissioner must have regard to this code in carrying out their functions.

This new code will apply to the MOPC and the Metropolitan Police commissioner from today. The existing Financial Management Code of Practice for the police service in England and Wales, issued under section 39 of the Police Act 1996 and presented to Parliament on 24 October 2000, will continue to apply to police authorities outside London until their replacement by PCCs on 22 November 2012. From that date, this new code will apply to PCCs and chief constables.