Stephen has welcomed the approval of his first set of accounts but warned of significant challenges ahead.
The PCC accounts, for the financial year ending March 2013, have been signed off by external auditors Ernst and Young without any qualification.
Stephen said: “This is especially pleasing when seen against the complexity of the move from the previous Norfolk Police Authority to the new PCC office. The auditors looked at our value for money arrangements and were satisfied that we are fully on the mark here and they commended Norfolk’s progress in achieving our savings target for the period up to 2015.
“Like all public sector organisations we know we will be faced with more reductions in the funding support we receive from the government in the years ahead. Bridging the funding gap is not going to easy and represents a significant challenge. But our work, which the auditors have commended, gives us a very good head start to the planning we are now doing to address the future challenges.
“The very successful collaborative work being undertaken with Suffolk constabulary and other partners which is contributing considerably to our savings programme has imposed a big challenge to staff as well as raising many technical issues for our accounts, all of which have been successfully managed. Indeed the auditors mention the recent comment by the HMIC who described our work as exemplary. These accounts show the tremendous start we have made here and my personal commitment as Norfolk’s PCC.”PCC Statement Of Accounts 2012-2013 (PDF, 1.2 MB)