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.

Find out more about HMICS

Inspection reports

Read our latest inspection reports

Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Read our Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Scrutiny Plan 2014-15

Read our Scrutiny Plan 2014-15

Get involved

How you can get involved



The fifth annual report of the UK’s national mechanism...

04 Dec

The aim of our audit was to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of crime recording by Police Scotland and the extent to...

12 Nov

HMICS publishes Crime Audit 2014

The quality...

12 Nov


If you are a victim of rape support is available from @rapecrisisscot & @scotwomensaid #WeCanStopIt
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ACC Graham talks about the law around rape & our dedicated Rape Task Force Units #WeCanStopIt https://t.co/eA15D5DPKe
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More rape victims have come forward since our specialist investigation units were set up #WeCanStopIt
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HMICS reports are available on Scotland’s national public information notices (PINS) portal.