Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) provides independent scrutiny of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. Our approach is to support Police Scotland and the Authority 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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Corporate Strategy 2014-17

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Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

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The aim of our audit and assurance review was to follow-up on recommendations made within our Audit and Assurance Review of Stop and Search: Phase 1 report, published in March 2015, and undertake an independent audit of st...

22 Feb

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland’s Audit and Assurance Review of Stop and Search: Phase 2 report is published today and acknowledges the substantial improvements Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority...

22 Feb

The aim of this report is to provide an update on the progress made by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority in response to the HMICS Independent Assurance Review of Police Scotland’s Call Handling published in...

24 Jan


DCC Gwynne providing update on implement recommendations from review of CCU.
7 hours 41 min ago
Derek Penman HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary has joined twitter and will supplement official HMICS feeds. Follow on
8 hours 10 min ago
staff praised by for continued good work & high level of service provided to the public… https://t.co/9UtQT1KiRX
8 hours 18 min ago