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.
Commissioner investigates police response prior to death of 39-year-old woman
17 May 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the police response and missing person search for a 39-year-old woman, later found dead.
The body of the woman was discovered at her home in Musselburgh on 9 May 2018.
Commissioner investigating use of PAVA spray during incident in Dundee
10 May 2018
The Commissioner is investigating the use of PAVA spray by officers with Police Scotland during an incident in Dundee.
Commissioner's report finds calls by concerned mother not handled appropriately by police
09 May 2018
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that three calls made by the concerned mother of 51-year-old Barry Croal, whose body was later discovered at his home, were not handled appropriately by Police Scotland.