What we spend and how we spend it
On this page you can access financial information relating to our projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.
Budget, Accounts and Expenditure
The total budget for the OPCC for 2018/19, including the total amount allocated to Dorset Police is £142,158,000. Information about how this is made up and where this is spent can be found in this leaflet.
Annual accounts for both the PCC and Chief Constable can be viewed via the links below:
- OPCC Accounts 2018/19
- Dorset Police Accounts 2018/19
- Public Completion Notice for Dorset
- Annual Audit Letter 2018/19
- OPCC Accounts 2017/18
- Dorset Police Accounts 2017/18
- Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2017/18
- Annual Audit Letter 2017/18
Historical police accounts are available via the archived Dorset Police Authority website.
Information relating to our annual investment strategy can be found within the reports under the Audit section of our website here.
Spending over £500
To view monthly lists of items of expenditure over £500 made by Dorset Police and/or the OPCC please click here.
We are required to publish information on contracts to which the PCC or the Chief Constable is, or is to be, a party. Details of these contracts with a value greater than £10,000 can be found by visiting the Bluelight Procurement Database website. If the information you are seeking is not available on this platform, you can request further information relating to contracts and grants directly from the OPCC by e-mail: email@example.com
Invitations to Tender
Tender opportunities may be viewed on the Emergency Services Tendering System 'Bluelight' via the links below, although they may be subject to registration.
- Bluelight e-Procurement Portal – an online information hub aimed at improving visibility and access to contract and procurement information for buyers within emergency services within the UK.
- Contracts Finder – The Government portal to search for information about public sector contracts and tender opportunities over £10,000.
- Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) – the online version of the Official Journal of the European Union. It gives direct access to notices of tender activity which may be of interest.
Launched in April 2012, the Southwest Police Procurement Department (SwPPD) undertakes strategic sourcing for Devon & Cornwall Police, Dorset Police, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Wiltshire Police where the collaborative value of the contract is greater than £40,000.
Effective procurement, based on a principle of Value for Money, supports the Police and Crime Commissioner in achieving this vision and meeting his corporate objectives. The PCC strives to ensure that all activities are undertaken with honesty, equality and integrity. All contracts undertaken by the Police and Crime Commissioner are subject to rigorous checking of value for money principles.
PCC Salary, Expenses and Allowances
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset is paid an annual salary of £71,400.
Levels of PCC pay were set by the Home Secretary following recommendations put forward in a report by the Review Body on Senior Salaries. A salary range has been put in place to reflect the differences in force weighting and policing challenges in each respective force area. Salaries are also aligned, but not equal to, chief constable salaries.
As an elected official, the PCC is not subject to a formal contract of employment. However, since taking office, the following basic principles have been established:
- Average hours worked per week: 48
- Evening working: 4 per month
- Weekend working: 1 per month
- Annual leave: 4 weeks (plus time in lieu of evening and weekend working)
The Home Secretary's determination on police and crime commissioner expenses sets out the authorised allowances that may be reimbursed to PCC's in undertaking their role. These allowances include travel expenses, subsistence expenses and exceptional expenses reasonably incurred by a PCC in the exercise of the commissioner's functions.
Details of the expenses claimed by the Police and Crime Commissioner as he carries out his duties is updated regularly.
The Deputy PCC, Colin Pipe, was first appointed in September 2015 and reappointed following the re-election of Martyn Underhill in May 2016. He was appointed on a paid basis following the PCC elections in May 2016. Mr Pipe retired in August 2017.
Click here to view the Deputy PCC expense details.
OPCC Pay and Grading Structure
Information relating to the OPCC staff team, including job descriptions and salary bands/grades can be found on the OPCC Team section of our website.
Other Key Financial Documents
Use the links below to access the following additional information
- Code of Corporate Governance Framework – incorporating the Statement of Corporate Governance; Code of Corporate Governance; Scheme of Corporate Governance; Financial Regulations and Instructions; Contract Standing Orders; Scheme of Consent; and Scheme of Delegation.
- Independent Audit Committee (IAC) – for meeting papers and reports relating to internal audit, external audit and other internal control measures.
- Safer Dorset Fund Grants - a list of projects commissioned in 2019/20 year to date, utilising the Safer Dorset Fund Priority Commissioning Scheme.
- PCC Commissioning Strategy 2017-2021
- Dorset PCC Capital Strategy 2019
- Reserves Strategy 2019/20
- Treasury Management Outturn Report 2018/2019
- Treasury Management Strategy 2018/2019
- Treasury Management Strategy 2019/2020 - Treasury Management is the management of the PCC's cash flows, borrowing and investments, and the associated risks. The PCC funds are exposed to financial risks including the loss of invested funds and the revenue effect of changing interest rates as well as ensuring that revenue cash flow is adequately planned and funding is available to meet capital expenditure plans. The successful identification, monitoring and control of financial risk are therefore central to the PCC's prudent financial management.
- Annual Financial Report 2018/19