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 2015-16

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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 practice complies with the Scottish Crime Recording Standard and Counting Rules. We a...

21 Sep

Overall, the quality of crime recording in Scotland is good but new and emerging threats are increasing and changing demands on policing, says a report published by HMICS today.

The Crime Audit 2016 is the second ma...

21 Sep

The aim of this inspection was to assess the treatment of and conditions for those detained in police custody centres located at Aikenhead Road and London Road in Glasgow.

This inspection was in addition to our regu...

19 Jul


If can act on this, why can't ? Problem is much wider in E&W. FYI https://t.co/ctKPjilvHf
3 weeks 4 days ago
Social media sex crimes going unrecorded, says HMICS https://t.co/97DjJVykMZ
3 weeks 6 days ago
'disappointment' as Scotland go-it-alone on undercover policing review https://t.co/r0tYQhFx0B
1 month 1 day ago

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