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

12 Nov

HMICS publishes Crime Audit 2014

The quality of most crime recording in Scotland is good but there is scope for its improvement in relation to some sexual offences and...

12 Nov


HMICS has published its Terms of Reference for its first review of the Scottish Police Authority.

HMICS made a...

07 Nov


Chief constable points to recent @hmics crime audit and says Scottish public can have confidence in crime figures
3 days 13 hours ago
@ScotPolAuth @hmics Sent SPA an email on 6/10/14 re @Scotspolfed accountability .No response. What are your criteria for blanking emails?
6 days 3 hours ago
Fraud, bigwig crooks are civil matters say @PoliceScotland @Scotgov crime stats, @hmics report http://t.co/BAJwtsZwDn http://t.co/eYKujHp4Bk
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HMICS reports are available on Scotland’s national public information notices (PINS) portal.