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.
Man who sped off from police and drove dangerously was at fault for crash in Moray
01 April 2020
An independent investigation report has found that a man who sped off from police was solely responsible for causing a crash resulting in several people being injured.
BTP officers justified in using Captor Spray during arrest
06 March 2020
An independent investigation report has found that British Transport Police (BTP) were justified in discharging Captor Spray at a man acting aggressively and trying to evade arrest.
Review Team publishes 12 reports this week, with the majority of complaints handled reasonably by police
05 March 2020
The PIRC Review Team has published 12 Complaint Handling Review (CHR) reports this week, which found that a majority of complaints dealt with by police were reasonably handled.
In seven of the cases Police Scotland provided an appropriate response to the complainers, while in the other five a number of complaints were not reasonably handled.