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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Research Paper: 21 January 2015


21 Jan

HMICS – Local Policing+ Inspection: the management...

21 Jan

This aim of this inspection was to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of Police Scotland’s approach to the investigation of...

22 Dec


@HolyroodAlan @ThePrisonLawyer @policescotland @hmics yes that is wishful thinking
59 min 56 sec ago
Last push: @policescotland must take bold steps to address under-representation of ethnic minorities, @hmics warn http://t.co/IAPYvvzfBq
2 days 20 hours ago
@CGibso23 Not in every case. The decision will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence(s). More info: http://t.co/9xdbB6RQzH
2 days 21 hours ago

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