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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.

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.

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.

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.

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