To carry out thorough and timely investigations of incidents involving the police
To carry out thorough and timely reviews of the way police handle complaints
To carry out our functions with a high level of efficiency, governance and accountability
We independently investigate incidents involving the police.
Find out more about this aspect of our work, including current investigations, published investigation reports (including information on what we can publish) and previous investigations.
Complaint Handling Reviews
We independently review the way in which police bodies operating in Scotland handle complaints made about them by members of the public.
Find out how to request a review of your complaint; what we do when you contact us about your complaint; and the possible outcomes of our complaint handling review.
Review Team finds three of six complaints handled to a reasonable standard
19 August 2019
One complaint handling review (CHR) was published on the PIRC website today, Monday 19 August 2019, which found three of six complaints were handled to a reasonable standard by Police Scotland.
Investigation launched after police discharge Taser at 40-year-old man
16 August 2019
The PIRC is investigating an incident during which police discharged a Taser at a 40-year-old man in the Highlands.
Review team finds almost half of complaints handled to a reasonable standard
05 August 2019
In four complaint handling reviews (CHRs) published today the PIRC found that of 18 individual complaints reviewed, eight were handled to a reasonable standard by Police Scotland. In three of the four cases, the Review Team has asked Police Scotland to take further a...