The work of the PIRC is driven by our overarching purpose & vision, our priorities, our intended outcomes and our values.   

Our Purpose & Vision

To increase public confidence in policing through independent scrutiny of police actions and promoting continuous improvement.

Our Priorities

We have set out our three priorities detailing how we plan to achieve our purpose and vision of increasing public confidence in policing through independent scrutiny of police actions and promoting continuous improvement.
 

  1. Carry out thorough & timely investigations of incidents involving the police
  2. Carry out thorough & timely reviews of the way police handle complaints made about them & improve the quality of police complaint handling
  3. Carry out our functions with a high level of efficiency, governance & accountability

Our Outcomes

We aim to achieve two key outcomes through the work that we do:
 

  • Improvement in policing in Scotland
  • Increased public confidence in the police

Our Values

The way in which we undertake our work is underpinned by three core values:
 

  • INTEGRITY: We are honest, open and accountable
  • IMPARTIALITY: We carry out our work fairly and independently, ensuring all evidence is considered objectively and that decisions are based on sound professional judgement
  • RESPECT: We treat everyone with courtesy and dignity, irrespective of their background and needs