We provide a distinctive range of audit and advisory services to Police Authorities and forces. Our diverse team lends specialist public service expertise (including auditors and advisors recently recruited from the Audit Commission) with wider commercial experience.
We can offer technical excellence, a deep understanding of the challenges facing Police Authorities and forces coupled with fresh thinking to help tackle them. In particular, we are close to the major changes currently being implemented in England and Wales, with the introduction of directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners and the associated new governance, performance and financial arrangements, and in Scotland with the introduction of a single Police force .
Our police audit work is led by Gareth Davies, formerly Managing Director of the Audit Commission’s Audit Practice. From September 2012 we are the external auditor of four Police Authorities (and in due course their successor organisations) in the North of England. Our highly experienced external audit team is supported by a strong technical team which includes public sector specialists, well versed in Police Authority accounting and financial reporting. We use this expertise to support our clients with technical updates, as well as contributing to professional developments across the sector.
We understand the special features of Police Authority audit, and the unique relationship between the Authority the Chief Constable and the Home Office, the “Tripartite System”. We are therefore well placed to provide a relevant audit services and advice as the new governance and audit arrangements are introduced.
For more information contact: Gareth Davies
Governance, risk and internal controls
Mazars provides a full range of services in respect of governance, risk and internal audit. We work with our Police Authority clients and their forces in a variety of ways which include full outsourcing, partial outsourcing, the provision of specialist services and secondment/temporary assistance.
We have a wide range of staff at all levels that can assist in all areas of management assurance – we have a particular skill around combined assurance and understand how to maximise assurance, avoid duplication of costs and improve controls.
We have expertise in business performance improvement, cost reduction, implementing new governance arrangements and organisational development including, for example, collaboration and mergers. We have the knowledge skills and experience to assist Police Authorities and forces meet the challenge of declining resources and high public expectations. Our experienced advisors being able to draw not only on their experience of working with Police Authorities and Forces but with other public and private sector organisations.