29 November 2007
Buyers for the Metropolitan Police must work with other departments to introduce stricter spending regulations, says the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA).
The Met is conducting a review into the force's use of American Express cards issued to some officers for travelling and eating expenses. The MPA, which scrutinises the work of the police, says around £2 million of spend on these cards is unaccounted for. The Met last month arrested two detectives on a connected suspicion of theft. The MPA's internal auditors first alerted the Met to inadequate spend controls in 2004.
An MPA spokesman told SM
: "The different sections of the Met should have had proper financial controls and management in place to make sure there was an audit trail and there wasn't a long delay in reconciling claims with receipts." He added the Met should ensure sections in charge of spend work together to prevent future problems.
A statement from the Met said: "Responsibility for controlling spend by officers or for monitoring expenses rests with local management."