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.

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Inspection reports

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Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Read our Corporate Strategy 2014-17

Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

Read our Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

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The aim of our Assurance Review is to independently assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of Police Scotland’s Counter Corruption Unit (CCU). The background to this review is outlined within our terms of reference...

27 Jun

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 A...

27 Jun

HMICS has published terms of reference for our Crime Audit 2016. The aim of this audit will be to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of crime recording by Police Scotland and the extent to which recording pract...

18 May


. will hear from on Police Scotland's Counter Corruption Unit. Watch it here https://t.co/lBUNCsHmFX at 10.00am
1 day 10 hours ago
Force to review counter corruption approach after criticism over lack of proactive behaviour https://t.co/LQZOdhrALC
2 days 40 min ago
SPA responds to Assurance Review of Counter Corruption Unit https://t.co/dBLUhSWo2W
2 days 5 hours ago

Tell Me Scotland

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