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.
CHR recommendations implemented following arrest of disabled woman
15 February 2018
Recommendations made by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) to Police Scotland following complaints about how officers treated a disabled woman and her son have now been implemented.
Police justified in shooting tyres of car which rammed police vehicle in attempt to escape
08 February 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has concluded that police were justified in using firearms to shoot the tyres of a car which had rammed a police vehicle in an attempt to escape and contained a suspect with a history of violence. The findings we...
Commissioner submits report to COPFS in relation to death of 33-year-old man
08 February 2018
The PIRC has submitted a report to the Crown Office into the circumstances leading up to the death in custody of a 33-year-old man. The investigation focused on prior contact between the deceased, and others, with Police Scotland before the man was involved in an inc...