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.
29 June 2022
Revised statutory guidance for handling complaints about the police in Scotland has been issued by the PIRC. The statutory guidance sets out the guiding principles of effective and efficient complaint handling arrangements, provides practical advice to police complai...
24 May 2022
A public consultation regarding new legislation on the handling of complaints against the police is now live. This includes recommendations to update the responsibilities of the PIRC through new powers and the strengthening of PIRC's current accountability and govern...
18 May 2022
Each financial year PIRC select a charity to support over the course of the year and Chris’s House were the beneficiaries for the year 2021/22. Irene Sutherland, Corporate Services Manager and Charity Group Lead at PIRC presented Anne Rowen, Founder of Chris’s House...