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 recommendation 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, thereby helping 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


Tom P Kelly


Chad Thompson
Alan Cooper
David Evans

Upcoming shared Audit meetings

The Audit Committee meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public.

The next Shared Audit Committee meeting will be held at 2pm on Thursday 5th November 2021.

Please note, while these meetings are open to the public, due to the Government's advice in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, this meeting will be held via Skype.

If you would like to 'observe' this meeting, you must register in advance by emailing [email protected] and details of how you can do so will be provided.

The agenda and papers for this meeting are always published here at least five days before the meeting takes place:

Future meetings of the shared Audit Committee:

Future meetings of the Audit Committee will be held on:

  • 10th February 2022

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