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.
Report recommends review of guidance for monitoring people transported in police vehicles
17 July 2019
An independent investigation has recommended that Police Scotland undertakes a review of the guidance given to officers regarding monitoring people being transported in police vehicles.
The recommendation comes after a 25-year-old woman suffered severe burns when she set fire to her clothing in the back of a police van in Glasgow on Saturday 27 April 2019.
Review Team issues two learning points to Police Scotland following review of eight complaints
15 July 2019
In a complaint handling reviews (CHR) published today the PIRC found that of eight complaints reviewed, seven were handled to a reasonable standard by Police Scotland.
Investigation launched after death of man in Glasgow on 4 July 2019
09 July 2019
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is carrying out an investigation following the death of a man whose body was recovered from the River Clyde in Glasgow on Wednesday 4 July 2019.