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.
Report finds delay in police being sent to check on welfare of woman later found dead
20 March 2019
A report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police should have been sent sooner to the home of a woman listed as a vulnerable person, after a call from a concerned family member about her welfare was categorised as a priority.
Police use of baton launcher and Taser was justified
13 March 2019
A Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) report has found that police were justified in their use of a baton launcher and a Taser device when they were arresting an armed man.
Commissioner investigating circumstances of road crash in Kirkcaldy
11 March 2019
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the circumstances of a road crash in Kirkcaldy, Friday 9 March 2019