To carry out thorough and timely investigations of incidents involving the police
To carry out thorough and timely reviews of the way police handle complaints
To carry out our functions with a high level of efficiency, governance and accountability
We independently investigate incidents involving policing bodies in Scotland.
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 policing bodies 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 a complaint handling review.
PIRC announces Myeloma UK as charity of the year 2022-23
02 September 2022
A key part of our staff engagement and culture at the PIRC is our charitable giving and this year’s cause is one close to our heart, as we raise funds in memory of a colleague. Commissioner, Michelle Macleod said: “Each year our staff nominate or vote for a charity t...
PIRC revise Statutory Guidance for police complaint handling
29 June 2022
Revised statutory guidance for handling complaints about the police in Scotland has been issued by the PIRC. The statutory guidance sets out the guiding principles of effective and efficient complaint handling arrangements, provides practical advice to police complai...
Public consultation begins
24 May 2022
A public consultation regarding new legislation on the handling of complaints against the police is now live. This includes recommendations to update the responsibilities of the PIRC through new powers and the strengthening of PIRC's current accountability and govern...