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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Not all crimes are committed by people living or working in the same area. Some are committed by individuals and groups who travel across policing boundaries exploiting rural communities and carrying out a range of acquisi...

30 Nov

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the Care Inspectorate have worked jointly to undertake a proportionate, risk-based and intelligence led review of MAPPA in Scotland.

The multi-agenc...

26 Nov

An in-depth review of the multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) has found they are working effectively and making a critical contribution to public protection.

In the review carried out by the Care Ins...

26 Nov

Local policing survey - Dumfries and Galloway


An online survey has been launched by HMICS to allow members of the public, elected representatives and other interested parties to pass on their views and experiences of local policing in Dumfries and Galloway.

HMICS is undertaking an inspection of local policing in Dumfries and Galloway as part of its rolling programme of independent inspections, which aim to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of local policing.

Members of the public living or working in Dumfries and Galloway can use the online survey to pass on their views and experiences of policing in the local area, including what is working well and what could be improved.

It should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and contains a number of questions which will help people provide relevant information. The information received will be used to inform the HMICS inspection which will be carried out during January and February next year

The responses to the online survey will be anonymous and because they are, HMICS will not be able to provide individual feedback. The deadline for responses is December 18, 2015.

For more information about our work, visit www.hmics.org

Complete the Survey


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HMICS reports are available on Scotland’s national public information notices (PINS) portal.