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.
Report finds Police were justified in use of PAVA spray
05 September 2018
A report has found that Police Scotland were justified in using PAVA irritant spray to subdue a man they were trying to detain during a drugs search and to prevent him from escaping.
Police should have made further enquiries to trace 'dropped' 999 caller later found dead
29 August 2018
A report has found that police failed to make diligent enquiries to trace a 72-year-old man who had made a 999 call for an ambulance before he was found dead in his home, at supported accommodation in Inverness, the following day.
Commissioner investigating police contact prior to discovery of man's body
27 August 2018
We are carrying out an investigation after the body of a 41-year-old man was found at his home in the Crieff area on 10 August 2018.
The investigation will focus on events leading up to the discovery of the man's body.