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.
Commissioner investigates serious injury of 68-year-old man in Edinburgh
15 June 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the serious injury of a 69-year-old man in Edinburgh.
The investigation will focus on the police response prior to the man being found.
Commissioner investigating death in custody of 35-year-old man in Glasgow
13 June 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the circumstances leading up to a death in custody in Glasgow.
Commissioner investigating death in custody of 34-year-old man in Edinburgh
11 June 2018
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the circumstances leading up to a death in custody in Edinburgh.