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A job with PIRC is a uniquely rewarding opportunity to develop your career, whilst making a real difference to how policing in Scotland is delivered.

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Choosing a career with PIRC

We offer many types of roles within PIRC. 

Whether you are an Investigator, a Review Officer or hold one of our many operational and support roles, everyone works towards delivering our main aim: to secure public confidence in policing in Scotland.

Current vacancies

We want our teams to reflect our local communities, and bring a variety of skills, strengths and talents to PIRC. 

We are currently recruiting for a Deputy Senior Investigator to join our team.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner is currently seeking applications for a Deputy Senior Investigator to join our team.

Our roles

Working in a dedicated team, you will deal with challenging cases, investigating why and how serious incidents involving the police have occurred. You will examine police files, CCTV, legislation and police procedures and protocols to produce a final investigation report.

You may offer additional support as a Family Liaison Officer, providing families with regular updates on the progress on an investigation and offering advice where appropriate.

As an Investigator, you will also play an important role in making recommendations for change around policing procedures and policy, based on your findings.

As a Review Officer, you will be responsible for managing a caseload of complaint handling review requests. 

Through your analysis of the request, you need to provide a sympathetic yet objective approach to supporting the applicants through their review. You will examine police files, legislation and police procedures and protocols to produce a Complaint Handling Review (CHR) report. 

Working in a team, you will provide a valuable service in supporting members of the public during a difficult time. 

As Review Officer, you will also play an important role in making recommendations for change and learning around policing policy and service delivery.

Whilst we have two main areas of service, we could not deliver these without the many vital operational and support roles across the organisation. 

From finance to HR, or information governance to communications, we need people with a wide range of skills. 

We need people who are adaptable and professional. We need people with integrity. And we need people with the drive to continually improve both themselves and the organisation.

A key part of our equality, diversity and inclusion policy, is to recruit staff from wide-ranging backgrounds. One of the ways we do this, is through our trainee investigators programme. 

This scheme trains new recruits who have no previous investigatory experience. 

The programme runs at various points throughout the year and future opportunities will be advertised in our vacancy list.

What we offer

To support you in your role and ongoing career, we can offer:

  • A commitment to treating you fairly and without discrimination
  • A healthy and safe working environment
  • A well-established approach to work/life balance
  • A personalised development plan
  • Fair appraisals which reward your contribution
  • Opportunities and support to fulfil your potential

Our commitment to you

A diverse workforce brings value to our organisation and we aim to create an environment which maximises everyone's skills and talents. 

We are a Disability Confident employer. This means we are committed to providing the necessary facilities and opportunities for employing and retaining disabled people and those with health conditions.

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Fair working statement

It is important to us that all staff have a safe and secure place to work and feel that their voice is heard. 

We are committed to Fair Work, and more specifically to the Scottish Government’s Fair Work First criteria.

  • We have a fair and open recruitment process in place with all vacancies being advertised internally, and externally where appropriate
  • We will continue to invest in training for all staff
  • We have a strong focus on equality and diversity
  • We have strong policies to support us in delivering our objectives
  • We are an accredited Living Wage employer
  • We comply with the public sector pay policy and negotiate pay awards with our recognised trade union
  • We have a flexible working policy and encourage staff awareness of it
  • We operate a hybrid working model which is regularly consulted on by all staff
  • We do not use zero hours contacts for our staff and limit the use of fixed term contracts
  • We have annual staff development days
  • We have a robust appraisal process which focuses on performance and staff development
  • We have training contacts in each of the business areas who meet regularly to ensure development is organisation wide
  • We offer a thorough induction process for all new staff
  • We have a flexible working and flexi time policy to encourage work life balance
  • Dignity in work policy in place with a zero tolerance approach to negative behaviours in the workplace
  • Wellbeing initiatives in place to promote awareness and lifestyle change
  • Trained first aiders and wellbeing and support advisors
  • There is a constructive relationship between management and our recognised Trade Union
  • Staff are encouraged to share views and raise issues via the staff representative group, with management directly and through various engagement surveys
  • Meeting minutes are published for staff to read

Please do not include any personal information, for example information about a complaint or investigation you are involved in. If you would like to share any important information with us, please visit our Contact us page to find out how to get in touch.