The Joint Audit Committee is an independent body which checks both Merseyside's Police Commissioner and Merseyside Police are following national and local regulations, handling public finances in accordance with the law and not taking undue risk.

The purpose of the Joint Audit Committee is to provide independent advice and recommendations to the Commissioner and to the Chief Constable on the adequacy of the governance and risk management frameworks, the internal control environment, and financial reporting.

Their guidance helps to ensure efficient and effective assurance arrangements are in place.

To this end the Committee is enabled and required to have oversight of, and to provide independent review of, the effectiveness of PCC and Chief Constable’s governance, risk management and control frameworks, its financial reporting and annual governance processes, and internal audit and external audit.

Audit Committee Terms of Reference

Audit Committee Membership


David Evans


Alan Cooper
Geoff Broadhead
Helen Fearon

Upcoming shared Audit meetings

The next Shared Audit Committee meeting will be held at 10.30am on Friday 13th May 2022.

The Audit Committee meets quarterly and the agenda and papers for this meeting are always published here at least five days before the meeting takes place.

Agenda 13th May 2022
Minutes from 4th November 2021
Audit Committee Forward Plan 20222/23
Joint Audit Committee Internal Audit progress report - May 2022
Joint Audit Committee paper for HoIA opinion 2021-22
Head of Shared Internal Audit Service Annual Report 2021/22
Merseyside Police - Auditors Annual Report 2020-21
PCC's Risk Management Update
Joint Audit Committee reporter for Internal Audit Charter 2022/23
Shared Internal Audit Service Charter 2022/23
Joint Audit Committee report for Internal Audit Annual Plan 2022-23
Draft Internal Audit Internal Plan 2022-23
Timetable for the production of 2021/22 Statement of Accounts
Police Joint Audit Committee progress report - sector update
Covering report

All these meetings are open to the public.

If you would like to attend this meeting, you must register in advance by emailing [email protected].

Future meetings of the shared Audit Committee:

Future meetings of the Audit Committee will be provided here shortly.

Previous meetings

You can access the papers and reports from all previous meetings of the Audit Committee using the links below:

Audit Committee 2021/22 Audit Committee 2020/21
Audit Committee 2019/20 Audit Committee 2018/19
Audit Committee 2017/18 Audit Committee 2016/17
Audit Committee 2015/16

Audit Committee 2014/15

Audit Committee 2013/14