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.
Two CHRs published by the Review Team
27 November 2020
Two CHRs have been published by the Review team this week, examining Police Scotland's handling of four complaints made against them.
Annual Report: Learning key to improving confidence in policing
16 November 2020
The PIRC Annual Report and Accounts has highlighted a culture of learning and development as key to improving confidence in policing in Scotland.
The report, published today, also points to more constructive engagement with policing bodies.
Commissioner responds to final report on Dame Angiolini policing review
11 November 2020
The final report of an independent review of complaints, investigations and misconduct issues in relation to policing in Scotland has been published today.
The report by Dame Elish Angiolini was commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Lord Advocate in June 2018.
Commissioner Michelle Macleod provides her response to the findings made by Dame Angiolini.