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.
Staff recruitment: PIRC recruiting for a Communications Officer
19 April 2018
The Police Investigation & Review Commissioner is currently seeking to recruit a Communications Officer to join her team in Hamilton.
Investigation launched into police contact with man, 22, prior to his death
17 April 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating police contact with a man prior to his death at a train station in Glasgow on 1 April 2018.
The incident was referred to the PIRC by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
Police justified in use of PAVA spray following struggle with man during arrest
12 April 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that a police officer was justified in using a PAVA spray to subdue a man who began to struggle during his arrest.
Commissioner Kate Frame said the use of the incapacitant spray allowed the police to gain control of the 27-year-old and arrest him quickly and safely during the incident at a public house in Annan in March 2017.
The man was later charged with a number of offences and has since been convicted of possession of an offensive weapon and resisting arrest. He received a prison sentence of 9 months.
As the court proceedings are concluded, the Commissioner can publish the findings of her investigation.