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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How you can get involved



HMICS has published its Terms of Reference for the first phase of its Audit and Assurance Review of Stop and Search activity within...

30 Oct

HMICS and the Care Inspectorate have given a commitment to work collaboratively with other scrutiny bodies to undertake a proportionate, risk-based and intelligence led review...

29 Oct

Review of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in Scotland

The Care Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland are...

29 Oct


@_Jim_Roger @ASPS_President @ScotPolAuth @policescotland @hmics The Police I served in for 38 years now has "weapon systems" WTF ?
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@ScotPolAuth @policescotland @hmics @ASPS_President Session 2 has now concluded. #SPA hope to meet & hear from @Scotspolfed during process
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HMICS reports are available on Scotland’s national public information notices (PINS) portal.