HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland

HM Inspectorate for Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) is established under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 and has wide ranging powers to look into the “state, effectiveness and efficiency” of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, including Forensic Services.

We also have a statutory duty to ensure that the Chief Constable and the Authority meet their obligations in terms of best value and continuous improvement . If necessary, we can be directed by Scottish Ministers to look into anything relating to the Authority or Police Scotland as they consider appropriate . We also have an established role in providing professional advice and guidance on policing in Scotland.

Our powers allow us to do anything we consider necessary or expedient for the purposes of, or in connection with, the carrying out of our functions . The Authority and the Chief Constable must provide us with such assistance and co-operation as we may require to carry out our functions and must comply with any reasonable request that we make. When we publish a report, the Authority and the Chief Constable must also consider what we have found and take such measures, if any, as they think fit. Where we make recommendations, we will follow them up and report publicly on progress.

We work with other inspectorates and agencies across the public sector to share specific expertise or jointly examine important areas where Police Scotland works in partnership and contribute to shared outcomes. We co-ordinate our activities to reduce the burden of inspection and avoid unnecessary duplication.

We aim to add value and strengthen public confidence in Scottish policing and will do this through independent scrutiny and objective evidence-led reporting about what we find. Where relevant, we will make recommendations to Police Scotland and the Authority that aim to improve policing. We will also identify good practice that can be rolled out across Scotland.

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.

See more at: http://www.hmics.org/

 

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Notice Type Title Published - Expires Date
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Best Value Audit and Inspection of Fife Constabulary and Fife Police Authority 13th Sep 2012 - 12th Sep 2017
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A thematic inspection of the development of local police plans and local fire and rescue plans and associated arrangements for local scrutiny and engagement 18th Jun 2013 - 18th Jun 2018
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Best Value Audit and Inspection follow-up report on Strathclyde Police Authority 20th Sep 2012 - 19th Sep 2017
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HMICS Programmed Work Plan 2013-2014 11th Mar 2013 - 10th Mar 2018
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Memorandum of Understanding between HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) & The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) 18th Jun 2013 - 18th Jun 2018
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Memorandum of Understanding between Audit Scotland and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland 18th Jun 2013 - 18th Jun 2018
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Independent Peer Review 18th Jun 2013 - 18th Jun 2018
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Thematic Inspection of the Care and Welfare of persons detained in police custody in Scotland 18th Jun 2013 - 18th Jun 2018
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Best Value in police authorities and police forces in Scotland - Overview Report 18th Jun 2013 - 18th Jun 2018
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Review of incident and crime recording - December 2013 1st Dec 2013 - 31st Dec 2018