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 2014-15

Read our Scrutiny Plan 2014-15

Get involved

How you can get involved


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...

01 Sep


HMICS launches its new Inspection Framework today that will be used as a basis for all inspections of Police Scotland and...

01 Sep

Joint Statement

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the PSIF Partnership believe that there are fundamentally common shared objectives for...

01 Sep


Police Scotland to review firearms policy http://t.co/CERGf8EdQP via @BBCScotlandNews @policescotland @ScotPolAuth @hmics
1 day 6 hours ago
http://t.co/hTOSTjIGPA not sure of @COSLA locus in this when @hmics and SPA are already conducting reviews - political?
5 days 15 hours ago
Representatives from @hmics & @ScotPolAuth attended our divisional conference today. #Scrutiny #BestPractice #WorkingTogether
1 week 1 day ago

Tell Me Scotland

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