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HMICS Inspection Framework

I am pleased to introduce the new HMICS Inspection Framework. Our approach is risk-based, proportionate and focusses on improving policing in Scotland. Our approach outlined in this framework will help lead and...

National, HMICS Corporate Document 01 Sep 2014
HMICS - Crime Audit 2014 Terms of Reference

The aim of this audit will be to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of crime recording by Police Scotland and the extent to which recording practice complies with the Scottish Crime Recording Standard and Scottish Government Counting Rules.

Reviews of incident and crime...

National, Audit & Assurance Review 21 Aug 2014
HMICS Terms of Reference for Standing Firearms Authority Assurance Review

The aim of this review will be to assess the current practices by Police Scotland in relation to the Standing Authority for the Issue and Carriage of Firearms in terms of Police Scotland’s compliance with the relevant guidance, procedures and recognised best practice.

This assurance...

National, Audit & Assurance Review 14 Aug 2014
HMICS Thematic Inspection of Road Policing

The aim of this thematic inspection was to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of road policing arrangements in Scotland.

HMICS has never previously conducted a thematic inspection of road...

National, Thematic Inspection 28 Jul 2014
HMICS Review of Legacy Inspection Recommendations, 2014

The aim of this review was to assess all outstanding recommendations from HMICS thematic inspections conducted since 2008 to ensure all relevant improvement activity has been captured and taken forward by Police...

National, Thematic Review 21 Jul 2014
HMICS Thematic Review of CONTEST Prepare 2013

The aim of this Thematic Review was to follow-up on the progress made against recommendations from previous HMICS CONTEST...

National, Thematic Review 27 Jun 2014
HMICS Corporate Strategy 2014-2017

Our Corporate Strategy for 2014-17 sets out how HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) will operate over the next three years. We will build on 157 years of history as a credible, competent and...

HMICS Corporate Document 02 May 2014
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland: Review of Incident and Crime Recording - December 2013

It is essential that the public are confident that crimes are recorded accurately and ethically by the police, and that Police Scotland uses reliable crime data to effectively deploy its resources to maximise community safety.  HMICS has conducted a national review of incident and crime...

HMICS Corporate Document 13 Dec 2013
A thematic inspection of the development of local police plans and local fire and rescue plans and associated arrangements for local scrutiny and engagement

The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 seeks to place local communities at the heart of the provision of police and fire and rescue services.  This review by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS...

National, Thematic Inspection 23 May 2013
Independent Peer Review of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland

The purpose of the review was to provide independent commentary on the approach adopted by HMICS and an assessment of its relevance to and impact on policing in Scotland in the context of police reform.

National, HMICS Corporate Document 02 Apr 2013