As a values-led organisation, we will conduct our activities in a way that is:
Independent - We will always act independently and publish impartial and objective reports. Our professional advice will be informed and unbiased. HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland is appointed under Royal Warrant and is independent of Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.
Accountable - We will be accountable for what we do and will justify our actions and reports by evidence. We will publish our statutory reports to the Scottish Parliament and submit ourselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to our function.
Proportionate - We will ensure our scrutiny is proportionate and that we only inspect what is necessary to achieve our statutory purpose. We will minimise the burden on those we inspect and focus our activities through informed risk assessment to ensure what we do is effective and efficient.
Transparent - We will be open in what we do and give reasons for our decisions. We will publish our reports and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands it.
User Focussed - We will align our scrutiny to the needs of service users and co-operate with other scrutiny authorities. We will meet our responsibilities under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, by continuously improving our user focus in the design and operation of our functions. We will promote equality and respect for diversity in everything we do. Within all our inspections and reviews, we will give consideration to inequality and, where identified, make recommendations to improve experiences for service users and in support of the public sector equality duties