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.
Specially trained police officers justified in their use of Tasers
18 February 2019
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that in three police incidents the use of Tasers by specially trained officers (STOs) was both necessary and proportionate.
Five hundred STOs have been trained by Police Scotland in the use of Taser devices and were deployed from June 2018 onwards.
In light of the recent deployment of these officers, the PIRC investigated the initial incidents involving STOs and their use of Tasers.
Commissioner reflects on her term in office
18 February 2019
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has today announced she will step down from her post when her five year term in office ends.
Commissioner Kate Frame was appointed in 2014, after the formation of the PIRC in April 2013.
Police took all reasonable steps to find missing man prior to his death
25 January 2019
A report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police took all reasonable steps to trace a 22-year-old man suffering from mental health issues who ran off while they were taking him home and died after lying down in front of a train.
The report, released today (Friday 25 January 2019), said the officers responded promptly and correctly followed guidelines within Police Scotland’s Mental Health and Place of Safety Standard Operating Procedures.