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 this audit and assurance review is to consider the state, effectiveness and efficiency of the arrangements surrounding the use by Police Scotland of the facial search technology capabilities contained within the...

27 Jan

The introduction of a Code of Practice for the use of biometric data by police in Scotland and the appointment of a Commissioner to oversee this fast and evolving area of law enforcement are two recommendations contained i...

27 Jan

HMICS has published its Terms of Reference for its assurance review of Police Scotland’s Counter Corruption Unit.

The aim of this assurance review is to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of Police Scotl...

11 Jan


Thanks to for hosting our committee meeting at St Andrews House in Edinburgh. Productive day. https://t.co/fVIkCqcog5
3 days 11 hours ago
Be good to know if is also taking this seriously https://t.co/QdxSnspnRd
6 days 8 hours ago
Summer target for controversial ‘virtual service’ call centre switch https://t.co/Vw4Jzh9HU3
1 week 2 days ago

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