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

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This inspection, which forms part of our published scrutiny programme, was conducted as a pilot to test our methodology of the Local Policing+ inspection programme, whilst at...

16 Oct

Effective local policing is being delivered to the communities of Fife and the area continues to be a safe place in which to work and live, says HMICS in a report...

16 Oct

I am pleased to introduce the new HMICS Inspection Framework. Our approach is risk-based, proportionate and focusses on improving policing in Scotland. Our approach outlined in...

01 Sep


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