Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) provides independent scrutiny of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). Our approach is to support Police Scotland and the SPA to deliver services that are high quality, continually improving, effective and responsive to local needs.

We can inspect other UK police services that operate in Scotland and are members of the National Preventive Mechanism, inspecting police custody centres to monitor the treatment and conditions for detainees.

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Inspection reports

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Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Read our Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

Read our Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

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Our Annual Scrutiny Plan for 2017-18 sets out how HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) will meet its statutory purpose to inquire into the state, efficiency and effectiveness of both the Police Service of Sc...

11 May

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has committed to a statutory inspection of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) as part of its Scrutiny Plan for 2017/18. On 9 December 2016, HM Chief Inspector of Constab...

11 May

Phase 1 – Review of Openness & Transparency

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland Derek Penman has today published his terms of reference for phase 1 of the thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Au...

11 May


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My thoughts & those of everyone in are with the parents & families who have lost loved ones & those who were injured in
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Productive briefing with Garda Inspectorate in Edinburgh this morning on approach to police inspection & future collaboration
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