To independently investigate incidents involving the police and independently review the way the police handle complaints from the public.
To secure public confidence in policing in Scotland by supporting continuous improvement, promoting positive change and thereby driving up standards.
To carry out our functions as set out in the Police, Public Order & Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006, the PIRC (Investigations Procedure, Serious Incidents and Specified Weapons) Regulations 2013 and the Police Service of Scotland (Senior Officers) (Conduct) Regulations 2013.
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.
PIRC responds to SPA decision to allow senior officer to return to active duties
08 March 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has responded to a decision by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to allow a senior officer who was suspended to return to active duties. In a statement, a spokesman for the PIRC said: "A number of allegations,...
Commissioner investigates serious injury of woman and man
06 March 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has launched an investigation in relation to the serious injury of a 17-year-old woman and 45-year-old man who were being transferred in a police vehicle to Perth Police Office on 5 March, 2018.
CHR recommendations implemented following arrest of disabled woman
15 February 2018
Recommendations made by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) to Police Scotland following complaints about how officers treated a disabled woman and her son have now been implemented.