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.
Investigation into circumstances leading to death of 38-year-old man
21 June 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner is investigating the circumstances leading to the death of a 38-year-old man in Troon.
The investigation will focus on the police response.
Commissioner welcomes independent review
19 June 2018
The Cabinet Secretary of Justice has today announced a ‘Review of Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in relation to Policing’.
Responding, Kate Frame, Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC), said:
“I am pleased that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has announced an independent review and welcome the appointment of Dame Elish Angiolini QC.
Commissioner investigating Taser incident involving 20-year-old man
19 June 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the use of a Taser by police in Jedburgh.