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 a complaint handling review.
Two CHRs published by the Review team this week
13 April 2021
Two summarised reports have been published by the Review Team this week, addressing a total of four complaints about Police Scotland.
Seven CHRs published by the Review Team this week
09 April 2021
Seven summarised reports have been published by the Review Team this week, addressing a total of 27 complaints about Police Scotland.
Review of police custody procedures following PIRC investigations
09 April 2021
A series of reports issued by the PIRC has led to a significant police review of how people are dealt with while in custody.
Police Scotland has set up a special working group to examine what improvements are required to better observe prisoners while in police custody.