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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Corporate Strategy 2014-17

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Scrutiny Plan 2015-16

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HMICS has published terms of reference for our Crime Audit 2016. The aim of this audit will be to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of crime recording by Police Scotland and the extent to which recording pract...

18 May

This inspection, which forms part of our published scrutiny programme, aims to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of local policing in Dumfries and Galloway Division. It is the fourth inspection in our Local Po...

17 May

Police officers and staff in Dumfries and Galloway have a strong sense of local identity and work hard to provide an efficient and effective service to their communities, says a report published today (17th May 2016).

17 May


Shocking state of ICT systems lambasted by at Some systems condemned by 10yrs ago
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Tabled PQs to establish what progress is being made on recommendations on call handling
1 week 11 hours ago

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