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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Inspection reports

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Corporate Strategy 2014-17

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Scrutiny Plan 2014-15

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We inspected Kittybrewster in March 2015. This was an unannounced inspection during which we assessed the physical environment at...

14 May

HMICS Publish Inspection of custody centre in...

14 May

This inspection, which forms part of our published scrutiny programme, is the second in our Local Policing+ inspection programme. It...

14 May


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