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.
PIRC publishes findings on PAVA spray incidents
25 April 2019
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that the use of PAVA irritant spray on a 39-year-old man during a violent struggle in a police cell was both necessary and proportionate.
PIRC report finds police officer’s discharge of Taser was “unnecessary”
23 April 2019
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that a police officer’s discharge of a Taser on a 28-year-old man was not reasonable or necessary.
Police given series of recommendations on the handling of missing person reports, in response to man's death
18 April 2019
An investigation by the independent Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that there was a delay in police going to the flat of a missing 37-year-old man, who was later found dead.