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 2014-15

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Research Paper: 21 January 2015


21 Jan

HMICS – Local Policing+ Inspection: the management...

21 Jan

This aim of this inspection was to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of Police Scotland’s approach to the investigation of...

22 Dec


On a high after our 1st @EdinburghNapier Criminology Employer Liaison Panel w @policescotland Victim Support @hmics Includem @sacro_ &more!
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Hi @CACECumbernauld, @JanerDesigns, @hmics, @carrickcentre, @AiLNorg. Thanks for following us - looking forward to your tweets!
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@HolyroodAlan @ThePrisonLawyer @policescotland @hmics yes that is wishful thinking
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HMICS reports are available on Scotland’s national public information notices (PINS) portal.