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.
Commissioner investigates death in custody of 24-year-old man at Clydebank Police Station
28 December 2018
The Police Investigatons & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the death in custody of a 24-year-old man at Clydebank Police Station.
Commissioner investigating death in custody in Edinburgh
20 December 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner is investigating the death in custody of a 32-year-old man at a police station in Edinburgh on 11 December 2018.
Police use of Taser during disturbance in Dundee was justified
17 December 2018
A Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) report has found that police were justified in their use of a Taser to arrest a man who they believed posed a threat to people inside his flat.
The 32-year-old was incapacitated by an armed officer using the Conductive Energy Device at the property in Dundee on 7 July 2018.