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 given series of recommendations on the handling of missing person reports, in response to man's death
18 April 2019
An investigation by the independent Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that there was a delay in police going to the flat of a missing 37-year-old man, who was later found dead.
Investigation launched into Taser incident in Bannockburn
12 April 2019
The Police Investigations & Revew Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the circumstances of an incident in Bannockburn in which a Taser device was used by police.
Report finds police use of PAVA spray during attempt to arrest was justified
04 April 2019
A Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) report has found that police were justified in their use of PAVA spray to arrest two men.