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


HMICS Publish Inspection of Local Policing in...

26 Feb

This inspection, which forms part of our published scrutiny programme, is the first in our Local Policing+ inspection programme and...

26 Feb

Press release from the Care Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland

A NATION-WIDE review into how well the...

11 Feb


'Keep your eyes open' for our wildlife crime campaign starting soon #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime #WorldWildlifeDay
10 hours 5 min ago
Getting #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime is not only about law enforcement, it's working with partners & public to raise awareness & prevent it.
10 hours 7 min ago
We have a network of dedicated wildlife crime officers across the country with extensive experience #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime
10 hours 9 min ago

Tell Me Scotland

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