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Press Release - From the Care Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland

Progress has been made on improving the way communities are kept safe and protected from risks posed by registered sex offenders, inspectors have said in a report published today.

Inspectors said good progress had been made in protecting young people from online exploitation by raising awareness of the dangers of “sexting”, and the way data is used to plan protection arrangements. However, more needs to be done in other areas.

Press Release - HMICS publishes Thematic Inspection of Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services

A report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into how forensic services are managed and delivered by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has acknowledged that Scotland is recognised as a leader in using the latest forensic technologies to tackle crime and the quality of its services are assured through robust  accreditation.

HMICS Thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services

This report provides an assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of the leadership, governance, management and delivery of forensic services provided by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). It scrutinises how the SPA is meeting its statutory obligations under Section 31 of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 by providing forensic services to Police Scotland, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and the Lord Advocate and Procurators Fiscal.

Press Release - HMICS Publishes Thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority - Phase 1 Review of Openness and Transparency

A review by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into the openness and transparency of the way that the Scottish Police Authority conducts its business has concluded that there is a need for the Authority to genuinely engage with its stakeholders and listen to the views of those with an interest in the policing of Scotland.

HMICS Thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority - Phase 1 Review of Openness and Transparency

A review by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into the openness and transparency of the way that the Scottish Police Authority conducts its business has concluded that there is a need for the Authority to genuinely engage with its stakeholders and listen to the views of those with an interest in the policing of Scotland.

Local Policing+ Inspection Programme Inspection of Tayside Division – Terms of Reference

The aim of this inspection will be to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of local policing in Tayside Division. It will also assess the treatment of and conditions for those detained in custody centres located in Tayside Division, and the way in which Police Scotland is carrying out its role as the licensing authority in Scotland for firearms and air weapons. 

Press Release - HMICS Thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority - Terms of Reference

Phase 1 – Review of Openness & Transparency

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland Derek Penman has today published his terms of reference for phase 1 of the thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority. (SPA) This first phase will focus solely on a review of Openness and Transparency.

HMICS has committed to a statutory inspection of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) as part of its Scrutiny Plan for 2017-18.

HMICS Scrutiny Plan 2017-18

Our Annual Scrutiny Plan for 2017-18 sets out how HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) will meet its statutory purpose to inquire into the state, efficiency and effectiveness of both the Police Service of Scotland (‘Police Scotland’) and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). It is published in terms of Section 75 of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 and sets out our scrutiny priorities from April 2017 until March 2018.

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