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 this report is to provide an update on the progress made by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority in response to the HMICS Independent Assurance Review of Police Scotland’s Call Handling published in...

24 Jan

HMICS has today (Tuesday, 24 January 2017) published an update report, a year after its  Independent Assurance Review of Call Handling in Police Scotland. The report considers progress on the 30 recommendations for improve...

24 Jan

The UK’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) can reveal that in excess of 124,000 people in the UK are detained on any given day in secure hospitals, prisons, immigration facilities, secure children’s homes, police cells a...

13 Jan


if they'd recorded seizures properly they'd have avoided this PR disaster
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. has made substantial improvements in how it conducts, records & monitors stop and search https://t.co/H5zMo4R7Fi
1 hour 2 min ago
‘Full confidence’ in force after completing all stop and search recommendations https://t.co/6fPx6NkACV
1 hour 29 min ago