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.
Police provided appropriate response prior to death of man at quarry
10 December 2018
The police response to a report of people being in a disused quarry prior to the death of a 28-year-old man was appropriate and proportionate, a report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found.
Commissioner investigating use of PAVA spray on man in Fraserburgh
07 December 2018
The Police Investigations and Reviews Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the use of an incapacitant spray, known as PAVA, on a 39 year old man in Fraserburgh on 16 November 2018.
Commissioner investigating circumstances in road crash in Lanarkshire
30 November 2018
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner is investigating the circumstances of a road crash on the A73 in Newmains, Lanarkshire on 22 November 2018.