Research and Analytics


CIPFA Police Actuals Statistics

October 2000

This booklet contains information both financial and non-financial for forces covering 1999-2000. Where data are unavailable figures in the summary tables have been adjusted to provide a more realistic position. This has been achieved by adjusting returned data according to the general trend shown by authorities of the same class that have provided data for the survey. Where no financial data has been returned figures have been grossed using population and class averages.


Excluding capital charges, the total gross expenditure of police authorities in England and Wales amounted to 7,800.3 million in 1999-2000, an increase of 348.9 million over 1998-99, which represents a percentage increase of 4.7%. Details showing the breakdown of expenditure are provided in Table 1. The five year trend is shown in Table 7 on page 5.

Subjective Analysis of Expenditure
Pay and pensions dominate service costs, accounting for 81.1% of gross expenditure during 1999-2000. This is demonstrated by the proportional breakdown of gross expenditure in Figure 1.

Staff Costs as a proportion of Gross Expenditure
The majority of expenditure (47.5%) is funded by Home Office Grants. Figure 2 analyses sources of income.

Breakdown of Sources of Police Funding

Police Officers accounted for 68.7% of service staff at 31st March 2000. Overall forces strength decreased by 1,879 (1.5%) in the period 31 March 1999 to 31 March 2000.

The number of officers have decreased throughout the country as shown in Table 2. London has seen the greatest percentage fall in any one area, decreasing its numbers by 635 (2.4%).

Police Officer Staffing
Support staff numbers have decreased by 383 (0.7%) in the period 31 March 1999 to 31 March 2000.

Although a number of forces have increased their number of support staff, the overall trend shows a reduction. This is largely due to the decrease of the number of support staff within the London area.

Support Staffing
Recorded crime since April 1998 is not directly comparable with previous years because of the change in definition of a notifiable offence. Minor criminal damage (valued at 20 or under) is now included within the definition.

New instructions regarding clear up rates were introduced on 1 April 1999, thus making comparisons with previous years rates inadvisable. Detections obtained from the interview of a convicted prisoner are no longer included and any detections where no further police action is taken, generally have to be approved by a senior officer before inclusion.

Notifiable Offences
Five Year Trends

Table 5 shows the total notifiable offences for England and Wales over the past five years and the respective clear-up rates.

Serious Crime
Table 6 shows net expenditure broken down according to type of force for the last 5 years.

Net Expenditure

October 2000

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