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 policing bodies in Scotland.
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 policing bodies 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.
PIRC announces Chris’s House as charity of the year 2021-22
14 May 2021
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is delighted to announce our staff have chosen to support Chris’s House as our charity of the year 2021-22.
Business Plan: challenging year, but cautious optimism for months ahead...
03 May 2021
The PIRC 2021-22 Business Plan, outlining the organisation’s key priorities for the year ahead, has been published. Commissioner Michelle Macleod has commended staff for coping during COVID-19 and is cautiously optimistic for the next 12 months.
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.