Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) provides independent scrutiny of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. Our approach is to support Police Scotland and the Authority to deliver services that are high quality, continually improving, effective and responsive to local needs.

We can inspect other UK police services that operate in Scotland and are members of the National Preventive Mechanism, inspecting police custody centres to monitor the treatment and conditions for detainees.

Find out more about HMICS

Inspection reports

Read our latest inspection reports

Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Read our Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

Read our Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

Get involved

How you can get involved


This assurance review has been directed by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice following the tragic incident involving the deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell. This review sits alongside the independent investigation being...

03 Sep

HMICS has published its Interim Report and emerging findings from the independent assurance review it is carrying out into police call handing.

It has made one interim recommendation for Police Scotland on the futur...

03 Sep

The aim of our audit was to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of crime recording by British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland and the extent to which recording practice complies with the Scottish Crime Record...

12 Aug


@hmics love the top line of your twitter page.Pity the service is wrecked now shame on scottish goverment
3 days 12 hours ago
.@hmics attending #SBRCPR2015 showcasing the excellent work of @SBRC_Scotland
3 days 21 hours ago
@NicolaSturgeon an excellent address to all those gathered for #NPMD15, readings from @HMICS, @ASPS_President and Federation Chairs
6 days 16 hours ago

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HMICS reports are available on Scotland’s national public information notices (PINS) portal.