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Press Release - HMICS publishes review of forensic medical services provided to victims of sexual crime in Scotland

 

A review by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into how adult and child victims of sexual crime access forensic medical services has identified significant variations in availability and quality around Scotland, with services offered to some victims being described as ‘unacceptable’.

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.

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.

Press Release - HMICS publishes Crime Audit 2016

Overall, the quality of crime recording in Scotland is good but new and emerging threats are increasing and changing demands on policing, says a report published by HMICS today.

The Crime Audit 2016 is the second major audit of Police Scotland’s crime recording carried out by HMICS following a similar audit in 2014. In 2016, HMICS examined over 6,000 incidents and over 5,000 crimes.

Press Release - HMICS today publishes its Independent Assurance Review of the Police Scotland Counter Corruption Unit

Derek Penman, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland has today published his independent Assurance Review of Police Scotland’s Counter Corruption Unit.

This review was requested by the Scottish Police Authority and a copy has been provided to the Chair, the Chief Constable and the Scottish Government.

A copy has also been laid before the Scottish Parliament. The report will be considered by the Justice Committee at its meeting on Tuesday 28 June 2016, when Derek Penman, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland will attend to give evidence.

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