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 Officers showed professionalism in dealing with man who carried out axe attack
17 August 2018
A report has found that two police officers acted courageously and professionally when confronted with a violent man who was armed with knives and intent on suicide.
Commissioner recommends that Police Scotland apologises over actions of firearms officers
07 August 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has recommended that Police Scotland apologises to several people after Firearms Officers pointed their weapons at them and forced one man out of his home and others out of cars at gunpoint.
Commissioner investigating Taser incident involving 32-year-old man in Dundee
19 July 2018
The PIRC is investigating the use of a Taser against a man in Dundee on 7 July 2018.