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.

Find out more about HMICS

Inspection reports

Read our latest inspection reports

Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Read our Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Scrutiny Plan 2014-15

Read our Scrutiny Plan 2014-15

Get involved

How you can get involved


Our approach to Local Policing+ inspections provides an opportunity to assess the quality of local policing across Scotland and enables...

27 Mar

HMICS publish report on Police Scotland’s...

27 Mar

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

26 Feb


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Tell Me Scotland

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