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AFEP Reinvesting back into the sector

The Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing (AFEP) programme has been designed in partnership with CIPFA and driven from within the Finance and Coordinating Committee of NPCC. It is supported by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers' Society (PACCTS).

A unique reinvestment initiative from CIPFA back into the police sector

Due to the success of the award-winning Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing programme, CIPFA is delighted to be able to reinvest in strengthening financial management in the police sector. With over 80% of forces subscribing to AFEP, there are many opportunities for CIPFA to deliver ongoing support and training for police finance professionals. The vision of AFEP is to achieve financial excellence through building on national capacity and providing local support, and this reinvestment will further that aim, allowing the benefits of the programme to cascade over the long term.

As a thank you for your continued commitment and support, CIPFA has identified three areas where we can offer services beyond the initial scope of the AFEP programme.

Free PQ scholarship places | Free asset management health check | Free copy of the 'Guidance for the Governance of Collaboration' paper available in Autumn.

AFEP PQ scholarship

The PQ scholarship, a CIPFA-funded chartered qualification, was made available free of charge to AFEP students nationally. Successful candidates for the September 2020 intake have been notified and we now open up the application process for the March/ April 2021 intake; even more AFEP members stand to benefit from this fantastic opportunity!

Forces can submit multiple applications, but please be mindful that you, the employer, will be required to support each application with a letter of validation and reasons for the application.

Nicky Allen, Treasurer, OPCC for Devon & Cornwall and Isles of Scilly is a qualified accountant and CIPFA member. Nicky had this to say in support of the AFEP sponsored qualification:

Join the Microsoft Teams webinar

If you have any questions or would like more information, join our 'drop in' PQ Scholarship Q&A webinar on 7 January 2021 at 12:30–13:30.

Email for joining instructions.

The AFEP PQ scholarship brochure and application form can be downloaded below. The brochure details CIPFA's PQ scholarship course delivery information and the application process, along with dates and deadlines for application submission.

AFEP PQ scholarship applications must be received by the 17 January 2021 deadline.

PQ Scholarship             PQ scholarship application form

Free asset management health check

CIPFA Property is able to offer AFEP members a high-level structured health check for asset management within police authorities, which draws on the latest guidance and our own nationally recognised expertise. The health check is aimed at reassuring police authorities that their asset management policies, structures and approaches are all they should be while helping to identify areas of weakness and actions for the future.

The health check consists of a workshop and discussion into a range of areas including:

  • strategic asset management and governance
  • estate management 
  • development, design and construction of capital projects
  • repairs and maintenance
  • statutory compliance
  • soft facilities management.

Next steps

If you are an AFEP member organisation and would like to:

  • Apply for a free PQ scholarship place – please return your completed PQ scholarship application form along with your CV and letter of support from your employer to by the 17 January 2021 deadline. Please include 'AFEP PQ Scholarship Application Form' in the email subject line.
  • Arrange a free asset management health check – please contact Tim Reade E: or T: 07920 723473

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