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.
Commissioner investigating Taser incident involving 32-year-old man in Dundee
19 July 2018
The PIRC is investigating the use of a Taser against a man in Dundee on 7 July 2018.
Commissioner investigates circumstances leading up to serious injury of woman
13 July 2018
The PIRC are investigating after a 31-year-old woman suffered a serious injury on 22 June 2018 at an address in the St Andrews area of Fife.
Commissioner investigates Taser discharges
11 July 2018
The PIRC is carrying out two separate investigations into the use of Tasers by Specially Trained Officers (STOs) with Police Scotland.