Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) provides independent scrutiny of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). Our approach is to support Police Scotland and the SPA 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 background to the joint thematic review of MAPPA in Scotland, the aims and methodology are outlined within our terms of reference which were published on 29 October 2014. Our main report was published on 26 November 20...

29 Jun

Progress has been made on improving the way communities are kept safe and protected from risks posed by registered sex offenders, inspectors have said in a report published today.

Inspectors said good progress had b...

29 Jun

This report provides an assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of the leadership, governance, management and delivery of forensic services provided by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). It scrutinises how the SPA...

27 Jun


£76,000 funding to improve 'unacceptable' forensic provision: https://t.co/vuZmpNlkFd https://t.co/FFgaTq8ymC
3 days 8 hours ago
Delighted to see finding being made available - improving services to victims as highlighted by in our repor… https://t.co/xLj6m6sZTd
3 days 23 hours ago
Halted holibobs to meet who are visiting my team today, looking forward to sharing good work with them
5 days 8 hours ago