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 Preventative 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 2014-15

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Responding to an enquiry from the media, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, Derek Penman Comments on...

30 Jul

The aim of this thematic inspection was to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of road policing...

28 Jul

The Road Policing function within Scotland’s new single police service is performing well with specialised officers...

28 Jul


Good to see many of @Scotspolfed 's concerns over targets vindicated by @hmics in their inspection report on Road Policing.
10 hours 27 min ago
Some very welcome reccomendations from @hmics. Full Report at http://t.co/paGlB2axAZ http://t.co/omXnc7EuXu
10 hours 48 min ago
Officers and staff in road policing less inclined to use discreation amid pressure to deliver on targets warns @hmics http://t.co/2iiBL2l2dP
1 day 2 hours ago

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