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.
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.
Commissioner investigating use of Taser and PAVA spray during incident in Bannockburn
28 September 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the use of a Taser and an incapacitantant spray, known as PAVA, on a 28-year-old man by Police Scotland officers during an incident in Bannockburn on 16 September 2018.
Report finds Police were justified in use of PAVA spray
05 September 2018
A report has found that Police Scotland were justified in using PAVA irritant spray to subdue a man they were trying to detain during a drugs search and to prevent him from escaping.