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 associate inspectors develop a common approach to considering the key themes for each inspection. While each inspection will vary in subject matter and scope, this framework provides a structure within which we can ensure a consistent and professional approach to our work and will help inspected bodies, stakeholders and the public to know what to expect from HMICS.
The HMICS Inspection Framework forms the basis of any inspection and, for each inspection, the key areas of the framework will be considered and applied. There is scope for flexibility however, if a key area of the framework does not align to the inspection objectives. The framework itself can be used in its entirety, or selected and adapted so that the key themes and sub-elements reflect the purpose of the inspection to be undertaken
This Framework is based on the Public Service Improvement Framework (PSIF), the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model and Best Value Characteristics. These self-evaluation models are used in many public sector settings. These models have been simplified and altered to provide an inspection framework model to assist in the inspection of elements of policing or the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). It should also assist with identifying areas of good or poor performance and in establishing priorities for improvement.
This framework will continue to be reviewed and updated in light of our experience of inspection and what works, as well as changes in the wider context of inspection and self-assessment.
Derek Penman, QPM
HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland