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

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Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

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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

Crime recording processes within British Transport Police are good with the correct use of recording standards and counting rules, an HMICS report published today (Wednesday, August 12) shows.

The Crime Audit 2015 B...

12 Aug


Over 2000 people from across Scotland have contributed to an online questionnaire about the quality of call handling being provide...

05 Aug

Questionnaire - HMICS Review of Call Handling in Scotland

HMICS is undertaking a review of police call handling across Scotland and is conducting an online questionnaire to allow members of the public, police officers and police staff, elected representatives and other interested parties to inform our review.

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