Research and Analytics


CIPFA Police Actuals Statistics

January 2004

This booklet contains information both financial and non-financial for forces covering 2002-03. Where data are unavailable figures in the summary tables have been adjusted to provide a more realistic position. This has been achieved by adjusting last years figure's according to the general trend shown by authorities of the same class returning data for the 2002-03 actuals.


Excluding capital charges, the total gross expenditure of police authorities in England and Wales amounted to 9,398 million in 2002-03, an increase of 428 million over 2001-02, which represents a percentage increase of 4.8%. Details showing the breakdown of expenditure are provided in Table 1. The five year trend for net expenditure is shown in Table Seven on page 6.

Subjective Analysis of Expenditure
Table two shows the objective analysis of expenditure and the total cost of services for police authorities in England and Wales increased by 395 million to 8,762 million an increase of 4.7%.

Objective Analysis of Expenditure
Figure one illustrates the rise in gross revenue expenditure over a five year period, 1,947 million or 26.1% from 1998-99 to 2002-03.

Total Gross Revenue Expenditure - Five Year Trend
Police officer pay dominates service costs, accounting for 51.2% of gross expenditure during 2002-03. This is demonstrated by the proportional breakdown of gross expenditure in Figure Two.

Staff Costs as a proportion of Gross Expenditure
The majority of expenditure (55.3%) is funded by Home Office Grant. Figure Three analyses sources of income.

Breakdown of Sources of Police Funding

Police Officers accounted for 66.8% of service staff at 31st March 2003. Overall, forces strength increased by 5,234 (4.1%) in the period 31 March 2002 to 31 March 2003. Table Three shows that London, for the second year running, has seen the largest percentage rise, with numbers increasing by 2,053 (7.6%).

Police Officer Staffing
Support staff numbers increased by 5,610 (9.3%) in the period 31 March 2002 to 31 March 2003, reflecting the emphasis being placed on civilianisation of tasks previously undertaken by police officers. Table Four shows London saw the largest percentage rise, increasing its numbers by 1,488 (13.1%).

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

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

Total Net Requirement
N.B. Historical figures (1998-99 and 1999-2000) differ from previous publications due to the inclusion of contributions, bringing them into line with this year's data.

January 2004

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