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 makes three recommendations to Police Scotland in 2 complaint handling reviews published today
14 October 2019
In two complaint handling reviews published today, Monday 14 October 2019, the PIRC found that out of eight individual complaints reviewed, five were handled to a reasonable standard by Police Scotland.
Police issue further guidance on monitoring people being transported in custody
11 October 2019
Procedures to monitor people being transported in custody have been reviewed after a man set himself on fire in the back of a police van.
The incident on 15 February 2019 happened after the 42-year-old man was arrested in Arbroath following a disturbance, where it is alleged he had been in possession of a knife.
Five of eight complaints found not handled to a reasonable standard in today's Complaint Handling Reviews
07 October 2019
In two complaint handling reviews (CHRs) published today, Monday 7 October 2019, the PIRC found that of eight individual complaints reviewed, three were handled to a reasonable standard by Police Scotland.