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

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The aim of this audit will be to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of crime recording by Police Scotland and the extent to...

21 Aug



19 Aug

We have published this updated version of our Plan (August 2014) as part of our commitment to keep it under regular review. This takes...

15 Aug


HMICS Derek Penman & Brian Plastow attend today's Justice Sub-Committee on Policing with @ScotPolAuth available at -http://t.co/F4dLLbkjXP
10 min 49 sec ago
http://t.co/Gte03voefO - SPA members, Vic Emery & @CllrWhyte joined @hmics at today's Justice Sub-Committee - available on Parliament TV
48 min 29 sec ago
HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland publishes Crime Audit Terms of Reference http://t.co/0WGAasMGEj
1 hour 22 min ago

Tell Me Scotland

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