Auditors give Warwickshire Police a clean bill of financial health

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IN ITS annual audit report the Audit Commission has praised Warwickshire Police for the management of its finances.

In his report to the police authority’s audit panel on November 30, district auditor John Gregory said that Warwickshire Police had demonstrated to him that it had proper arrangements to get the maximum possible value from taxpayers’ money.

He also said that Warwickshire Police has a good foundation for the planning of the police service in light of the significant financial challenges it was facing over the next few years.

He praised the force for having a good track record of successful innovation, sound governance and a strong value for money culture. He said that the force continued to show good budgetary and financial management.

Bob Hicks, chair of Warwickshire Police Authority’s audit committee said: “It is very pleasing to see that a body independent of the police has come to these conclusions. The auditors have confirmed that financial management at Warwickshire Police continues to be of the highest standard and that taxpayers’ money is being spent wisely.

“Our thanks should go to all the staff at Warwickshire Police who have contributed to this position in what have been difficult times.”