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 who were stabbed and colleagues who came to their aid displayed extreme bravery and professionalism
16 November 2018
Two police officers who were seriously injured as well as the officers who came to their aid and arrested the man responsible, displayed extreme bravery, professionalism and sound judgement, a PIRC report has found.
Commissioner concludes investigation into police contact with 22-year-old man prior to his death
26 October 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has concluded her investigation into police contact with a 22-year-old man prior to his death at Jordanhill Train Station in Glasgow on 1 April 2018.
Failings identified in police handling of reports of concern for woman later found dead
17 October 2018
A report has found that Police Scotland failed to follow standard procedures in dealing with reports of concern for a vulnerable 65-year-old woman, who was later found dead in her Glasgow home.