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 use of baton round found necessary and proportionate during axe incident
14 December 2018
The use of a baton round launcher by Police Scotland to help disarm a woman wielding an axe was necessary and proportionate, a report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found.
Information from 999 call was not passed on properly to police officers prior to man being found dead
13 December 2018
A report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that a Police Scotland controller failed to pass accurate and relevant information to officers following a 999 report of a disturbance at a flat in Edinburgh, where a 51-year-old man was later found dead.
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.