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

Read our Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

Read our Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

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HMICS has published terms of reference for its inspection of the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Service. The aim of this inspection is to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of leadership, governance, management an...

01 Dec

HMICS has published terms of reference for our Audit and Assurance Review of Stop and Search: Phase 2. The aim of this audit and assurance review is to follow-up on recommendations made within our Audit and Assurance Revie...

04 Nov

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


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Congratulations Derek ,hope to catch up soon and discuss the thesis ;-)
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HMICS reports are available on Scotland’s national public information notices (PINS) portal.