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Press Release - HMICS publish report on audit and assurance review of stop and search phase 2

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland’s Audit and Assurance Review of Stop and Search: Phase 2 report is published today and acknowledges the substantial improvements Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority have made with stop and search across Scotland.

This review followed up on the recommendations made within our Phase 1 report, which was published in March 2015 and also includes an independent audit of stop and search data.

All 23 recommendations made in our Phase 1 report have now been completed.

Press Release - 7th NPM annual report

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 and military prison. The actual number of people detained on any given day is likely to be much higher as it has not been possible to include data for a number of settings.

Press Release - HMICS publishes Terms of Reference - strategic review of undercover policing in Scotland

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland has today published his terms of reference for a strategic review of undercover policing in Scotland. This review has been directed by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and although it is not a public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005, it may inform future discussions as to the requirement for an inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland.

HMICS Strategic Review of Undercover Policing in Scotland - Terms of Reference

This strategic review of undercover policing in Scotland has been directed by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and will be undertaken by HMICS in terms of Section 74(1) of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012. Our report will be provided to Scottish Ministers and published in terms of Sections 78 (1) and (2) of the Act.

Press Release - HMICS to carry out joint inspection of British Transport Police

HMICS is to conduct a joint inspection of British Transport Police with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in England and Wales (HMIC). This will allow for HMICS to work with HMIC on its planned inspection of the efficiency, legitimacy and leadership of this UK police service, and will now include an assessment of British Transport Police in Scotland.

Press Release - HMICS Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority

In responding to a media request, HMICS has today confirmed that it will include an inspection of the Scottish Police Authority as part our 2017/18 Scrutiny Plan.

As SPA will be implementing its new governance arrangements early in 2017, Mr Derek Penman, Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland has decided that it would be timely for HMICS to conduct a statutory inspection into the state, efficiency and effectiveness of the Scottish Police Authority.

HMICS - Annual Report 2015-16

This annual report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) provides an update on how HMICS has carried out its statutory function for the period of 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 and follows from his previous Annual Report which was published on 18 December 2014. It also offers an assessment on the overall state, effectiveness and efficiency of policing in Scotland and on the performance of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, (

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