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 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.
Review Team finds 62% of complaints handled to a reasonable standard in reports published today
17 June 2019
In three complaint handling reviews (CHRs) published today the PIRC found that of eight complaints reviewed, five (62%) were handled to a reasonable standard by Police Scotland. The PIRC issued three recommendations and one learning point to Police Scotland to addres...
PIRC investigation finds police officer was justified in hitting violent man with baton
14 June 2019
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police were justified in using a baton on a man with a history of violence who threatened to stab one of the officers pursuing him.
Review Team issues recommendation to Police Scotland in complaint handling review published today
10 June 2019
A complaint handling review (CHR) published today by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) found that two of three complaints were handled to a reasonable standard by Police Scotland. The Review Team issued one recommendation to Police Scotland to address the third complaint.